More than two thirds of consumers participating in a survey by the National Retail Federation and CNN/Money expect to receive a tax refund this year -- and are ready to spend it. The NRF found that just one out seven respondents plans to wait until April to file this year, in anticipation of their refunds. The Internal Revenue Service reports that the average tax refund this year will be $2,259. Half of those expecting IRS largesse will use the refund to pay down debt, while others indicated that they plan to use part of their monies for such things as vacations or major purchases. In a gender breakdown, the NRF said that women were almost twice as likely as men to use portions of their refund for a major purchase.
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