Feb 20, 2019

Your tax refund isn’t free money

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Americans got back more than $320 billion in tax refunds last year, and plenty of tax prep services would have you believe that's a nice little bonus on top of your income. But it's not. Today we explore the psychology of tax season and how it's changed over time. But first: About those Fed minutes. Plus: Money is already pouring into the presidential race, but will there be any donations left by 2020?

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The history — and psychology — behind the tax refund

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When did taxpayers and industries start to rely on the refund?
A neon sign is seen in a window of a tax preparation office in Des Plaines, Illinois.
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Baseball sees a boost in players of all levels

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Cali Ann Kershaw throws out a ceremonial first pitch to her dad Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as brother Charley Kershaw sits on the mound before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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Americans got back more than $320 billion in tax refunds last year, and plenty of tax prep services would have you believe that’s a nice little bonus on top of your income. But it’s not. Today we explore the psychology of tax season and how it’s changed over time. But first: About those Fed minutes. Plus: Money is already pouring into the presidential race, but will there be any donations left by 2020?

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The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer