Less than two weeks before tax day. Ended? or finished?

The countdown begins. No, I’m not Kix Brooks or Casey Kasem. There are less than two weeks until taxes are due.

Personally, I had this funny encounter with the tax preparer yesterday. And although yesterday was a great day, this experience was not such a great day, but the good thing is that it was less painful than last year.

Enough about me. Can you help me out with a few bucks?

Here are the latest tax trends for this year. Almost half of us believe that the mere thought of filing a tax return increases our stress levels. This is partly why we call on a professional. Imagine you make a mistake and the feds or the state come after you. No thanks. No need for this stress.

And even though I’m not in that category, Retail Me Not’s survey indicates that 85% of filers expect to pay less than $100 to have their filings done by someone else. And of those who do their own taxes, more than a third use tax preparation software.

More than four out of five taxpayers are waiting for a refund. Pleasant.

How do they spend this money?

Thirty-nine percent put at least part of the repayment in savings. Never a bad idea, right?

More than a third of people plan to splurge at least part of their refund on a long-time advance purchase. And it should be good.

Nearly half of respondents have invested in bills. Basic necessities like groceries and gas are part of this percentage.

One in four people will pay off their credit card debt when they get paid. Hurry IRS, credit card bill is due soon.

For your information, a fact of the IRS and the Maine Department of Revenue, most refunds are processed within 21 days. Unless you receive an issued check, which can take much longer than that.

Good luck everyone, and the IRS and the Maine Department of Revenue, please spend what I send you wisely. Thank you.

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