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Does your date of birth impact your 1040?
MMI Survey shows how your astrological sign may impact your tax-time habits

Consumers Put Tax Refunds to Good Use
Savers, spenders share refund strategies on new Web site

 

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Does your date of birth impact your 1040?
MMI Survey shows how your astrological sign may impact your tax-time habits

HOUSTON (April 3, 2007) – "What's your sign?" is not a question you typically expect to hear from your accountant. Yet according to a recent survey by Money Management International (MMI), tax time can be very different for consumers born under different sun signs. For example, the MMI survey found that Libras expecting a refund plan to receive an average refund of $2,200, while Aries are expecting a significant $800 less. So, if you are like the 70 million Americans who start the day off by reading their horoscope, you may want to look to the stars for insight on what’s in store for your financial future—particularly as tax day approaches.  Some of MMI's sign-specific findings include:

Aries (March 21-April 20) Those born under this Fire sign expect the smallest refunds ($1,400).  They plan to save (46%) or pay debts (32%).

Taurus (April 21-May 21) Taurus is an Earth sign, associated with practicality.  Those born under this sign are the least likely to expect a refund.  Of consumers who expect to receive a refund, only 6% were born under this sign.

Gemini (May 22-June 21) Generally known to be logical, Gemini are the most likely to over-withhold on purpose.

Cancer (June 22-July 23) Protective Cancers are not likely to splurge with their refunds.  Of those consumers who plan to splurge, less than 1% were born under this Water sign.

Leo (July 24-August 23) Generous Leos are more likely than those born under other signs to spend their refunds.  Of those who plan to splurge, nearly 20% are Leos.

Virgo (August 24-September 23) Practical Virgos are still deciding how to spend their expected tax refunds.  In fact, more Virgos than those born under any other sign were “undecided” about what to do with their refunds (14%). 

Libra (September 24-October 23) Known for balance, Libras surprisingly expect the largest refunds (an average of $2,200).

Scorpio (October 24-November 22) Scorpios are characterized as being passionate.  Of those who plan to splurge with their tax refund, one out of four is a Scorpio.

Sagittarius (November 23-December 21) Sagittarians are known for being optimistic and are not likely to save their refunds.  In fact, of those who plan to save, only 5% were born under this sign.

Capricorn (December 22-January 20) Earth signs, like Capricorn, are associated with practicality.  Appropriately, Capricorns are not likely to splurge with their refunds.  In fact, of those who plan to splurge, less than 1% are Capricorns.

Aquarius (January 21-February 19) Aquarius is an Air sign, associated with thought and perspective. Fifty-eight percent of surveyed Aquarians expecting a refund plan to use it to pay down debts.

Pisces (February 20-March 20) Idealistic Pisces are the least likely to save.  In fact, of all those who plan to save, less than 5% are Pisces.
Regardless of your astrological sign, it’s important to have a personal finance strategy that works for your individual needs.  Speaking of signs, don’t forget to sign your tax return—forgetting to sign is on the IRS’s list of most common mistakes. Visit SaveorSpend.com for more helpful tax time tips.

About Money Management International
Money Management International (MMI) is a nonprofit, full-service credit-counseling agency, providing confidential financial guidance, financial education, counseling and debt management assistance to consumers since 1958.  MMI helps consumers trim their expenses, develop a spending plan and repay debts.  Counseling is available by appointment in branch offices and 24/7 by telephone and Internet.  Services are available in English or Spanish.  To learn more, call 800-762-2271 or visit http://www.moneymanagement.org/.

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Contact:
Kim McGrigg
Communication Specialist
Money Management International
303.632.2224
kim.mcgrigg@moneymanagement.org

Tanisha Warner
Communication Specialist
Money Management International
713.394.3202
tanisha.warner@moneymanagement.org

Consumers Put Tax Refunds to Good Use
Savers, spenders share refund strategies on new Web site

HOUSTON (March 1, 2007)—Despite the recent announcement by the Commerce Department that US consumers spent more than they earned in 2006, most consumers plan to put their tax refunds to good use. In fact, MoneyManagement.org (MMI) 2007 tax refund survey found that 32% of consumers expecting a tax refund plan to save it. In 2006, the IRS issued more than 100 million refunds, averaging $2,264.

MMI’s survey also found that nearly half (46%) of consumers expecting a tax refund plan to use it to pay obligations, such as debts or car repairs. Only 3% of those surveyed plan to splurge.

Cate Williams, vice president of financial literacy for MMI, is encouraged by the news. “Financial experts agree that consumers should aim to have three to six months’ worth of living expenses saved for emergencies,” explains Williams. “For many Americans, placing tax refund money in a savings account could be the difference between a future financial difficulty and a future financial disaster,” said Williams.

Additionally, rising consumer debt is recognized as a serious social issue. Consumer debt is now at a record $2.17 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Board. Williams reminds consumers that they worked hard to earn every penny of their income—including their tax refund. “Reducing your debt allows you the freedom to make smart future financial choices,” she added.

To help consumers discover ways to make the most of their tax refunds, MMI created SaveOrSpend.com. Launched on March 1, the lighthearted educational Web site features consumer-submitted refund stories, solutions and strategies. In addition to educational and entertaining features for savers and spenders, SaveOrSpend.com offers a savings calculator, a filing deadline countdown clock, and tips for those who find themselves owing the IRS.

The MMI tax refund survey was conducted in February 2007 by Knowledge-Based Marketing. There were a total of 1,048 respondents. Results were weighted by demographics so they are representative of the US population as a whole.

About Money Management International
Money Management International (MMI) is a nonprofit, full-service credit-counseling agency, providing confidential financial guidance, financial education, counseling and debt management assistance to consumers since 1958. MMI helps consumers trim their expenses, develop a spending plan and repay debts. Counseling is available by appointment in branch offices and 24/7 by telephone and Internet. Services are available in English or Spanish. To learn more, call 800-762-2271 or visit www.moneymanagement.org.

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