Post Content

The state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation has urged taxpayers to shun so-called Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs). In their press release, DOR Commissioner Navjeet K. Bal is quoted as saying, "Paying an interest cost on your refund doesn't add up."

RAL's promise quick delivery of a refund, but usually at a steep price. Right now, the average taxpayer who files their state return electronically and designates direct deposit should expect to receive their entire refund in 3.5 business days. The money you save by waiting just a few days is worth it.

Sure, an RAL lets you walk out the door with money in your pocket, but it is substantially less than you would otherwise receive. The fees charged for RAL's are often more than the cost of having your return prepared.

A refund anticipation loan is also a risky proposition because it must be repaid even if the taxpayer’s refund is denied, less than expected, or frozen. If the taxpayer cannot pay back the RAL, the lender may send the account to a debt collector.

If you tax preparer tries to steer you to an RAL, find one who won't.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Your Mass State Taxes Made Easier posted on Mar 9

Your Mass State Taxes Made Easier

With the tax season now in full swing, there are several resources at your fingertips to make filing your taxes hassle-free. Enhanced Website Earlier this year, we launched a new DOR homepage, making it faster now to find exactly what you need to file and   …Continue Reading Your Mass State Taxes Made Easier

3 Steps to Catch Up on Back MA Taxes While Avoiding Penalties posted on Mar 4

3 Steps to Catch Up on Back MA Taxes While Avoiding Penalties

Watching a game-winning goal in overtime is as exciting as hockey gets. With DOR’s MA TAX AMNESTY 2016, you can stay out of the penalty box by paying only what you owe. Read on to find out more. What is MA TAX AMNESTY 2016? It’s   …Continue Reading 3 Steps to Catch Up on Back MA Taxes While Avoiding Penalties

EITC – Helping Low and Moderate Income Families in MA posted on Jan 29

EITC, also known as the Earned Income Tax Credit, has been helping low to moderate income families in Massachusetts and across the country for over 40 years. In recent months, Governor Charlie Baker and members of the Legislature have worked hard to ensure that working   …Continue Reading EITC – Helping Low and Moderate Income Families in MA