BETHESDA, Md. Feb. 14, 2011
In comparing results of the 2011 and 2006 surveys, the new poll also found that of the 59% of Americans who expect to receive tax refunds:
- More people plan to spend their refunds on savings or investments this year than in 2006 (66% v. 55%) or to pay off debts (59% v. 52%).
- Fewer people plan to give their refunds to charity (15% v. 20%).
- About the same percentage plan to make home improvements (31% v. 30%); buy products such as cars, electronics, or furniture (23% v. 24%); or pay mortgages or education loans (19% v. 20%).
- Those who plan to "do something else" with their refunds rose to 38% in 2011, up from 27% in 2006.
(Note: respondents could choose more than one way on how they plan to spend their refunds; percentages have been rounded up or down.)
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