More than a Third of Americans Plan to Spend All or Part of Their Tax Refund

 More than a Third of Americans Plan to Spend All or Part of Their Tax Refund

Nearly a third (30 percent) are Unaware of the End of the Payroll Tax Holiday
and Smaller Paychecks This Year

PR Newswire

MCLEAN, Va., March 5, 2013

MCLEAN, Va., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The April 15^th tax filing deadline
is approaching and according to the latest IRS statistics, the average federal
tax refund this year will be $2,803. For the third year in a row, Capital One
Bank's annual Taxes and Savings Survey found that most Americans (85 percent)
expect to get a refund and more than a third (35 percent) plan to spend all or
part of it.

Navigating the Impact of the Payroll Tax
In gauging the response to the recent elimination of the payroll tax holiday
by Congress—which will increase the amount of taxes taken from employees'
paychecks—42 percent of those surveyed were "very aware" that their take-home
pay would decline in 2013, while nearly a third (30 percent) said they weren't
aware at all.

  o47 percent of men are very aware that their take-home pay will decline,
    compared to 38 percent of women
  o53 percent of men and 36 percent of women don't plan on changing their
    spending habits despite the decline in take-home pay, and
  oOf all the respondents, 44 percent don't plan on changing their spending

"At a time when people are seeing smaller paychecks, now more than ever they
should take a step back, evaluate their financial goals and consider saving
their tax refund," said Mickey Konson, Managing Vice President for Retail
Banking at Capital One Bank. "People tend to think of their tax refund as free
money or an annual bonus, which makes it very tempting to spend it right away,
but remember, that refund is your own money – without added interest. Tax
season is a great time to plan ahead, with an eye toward your financial

How Americans are Using Their Refund
Capital One's survey found that the majority of Americans (65 percent) do not
calculate their tax refund or tax payment into their annual budget. More than
a third (35 percent) plan to spend all or part of their refund. Nearly a
quarter (22 percent) of Americans plan to use their refund to pay down debt,
while a relatively small percentage will save (16 percent) or invest (4
percent) their returns. Of those who plan to spend all or part of their refund
this year:

  o30 percent plan to spend it on everyday expenses and necessities,
  o23 percent plan to spend it on a vacation,
  o16 percent plan to spend it on clothing and accessories,
  o15 percent plan to spend it on an iPad, TV, smartphone or other
    electronics, and
  o16 percent plan to spend it on other major purchases.

April Anxiety
The survey findings also showed that most people have some anxiety when filing
their tax returns:

  o19 percent worry about owing taxes,
  o18 percent worry about not getting as much money back as expected,
  o17 percent have anxiety about filing incorrectly, and
  oEight percent are afraid of being audited.

Only 14 percent of Americans feel no anxiety in filing their taxes.

Capital One Bank Tax Season Tips
Capital One Bank offers the following tips for consumers considering how they
can boost their savings, whether it's making a savings plan for a tax refund
or planning to set aside cash to pay taxes they might owe for next year:

1.Pay yourself first. If you're eligible for a refund, start building your
    savings cushion for the year by depositing all or at least a portion of
    your refund into your savings.
2.Strong rate, nice return. When reviewing your savings options choose the
    product with the best rate of return that matches your lifestyle and
    needs. Some checking accounts are offering higher interest rates than even
    CD accounts, giving more flexibility and access to your funds than a CD
    would. Capital One Bank's High Yield Checking account currently earns an
    interest rate that is five times the national average. The rate is
    guaranteed for one year.
3.Make saving automatic, easy and excuse-free. Don't stop contributing to
    your savings after getting your refund. It's always a good idea to get
    into a routine of putting aside money. One of the easiest ways is to have
    funds  automatically moved to your account every month or paycheck. This
    is important if you need to set aside savings at the end of the year for
4.Make the safest deposit. Make sure any savings tool you use is
5.If you must spend, do it wisely. Reinvest refund money into your biggest
    piggy bank, your home. Some home repairs will help you financially in the
    long term, from more efficient windows that reduce monthly heating and
    cooling to taking advantage of the energy tax credit. Make your house a
    better home while saving on your next tax return.

Survey Methodology
The findings reported in this release are from a telephone survey conducted by
the opinion research firm, Braun Research of Princeton NJ. The survey was
sponsored by Capital One Financial. Braun Research completed 1,006 landline
and cell phone interviews with US resident adults age 18 and over. All
interviews were with one household member only selected at random. The
interviews were conducted February 5, 2013 through February 10, 2013. The
margin of error for the national sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95
percent confidence level. Interviews were monitored at random. Sampling for
this study was conducted using a national probability replicate sample. All
interviews were conducted using a computer assisted telephone interviewing
system while the cell phone completes were dialed manually to comply with
federal laws. Statistical weights were designed from the United States Census
Bureau statistics.

About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial holding
company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One
Bank (USA), N.A., had $212.5 billion in deposits and $312.9 billion in total
assets outstanding as of December 31, 2012. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia,
Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to
consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of
channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in
New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of
Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.

Contact: Laura DiLello

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