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How Tax Loans Work—And How They Can Work For You

If you’re like most people, taxes are the last thing on your mind when you start off the new year. Everything is running smoothly until you start getting rampant emails from Turbotax asking if you’re ready to file. A sizable refund can be a great way to save up for future purchases—but what if you find out you owe more than you get back? You may be racking your brain trying to determine where you could have gone wrong. Not to worry—a tax loan is the perfect way to pay off what you owe without breaking the bank. To make things a little easier, we’re going to review the ins and outs of tax loans, and how they can help you jump-start your debt payoff.

What are tax loans?

A tax loan is similar to any other loan you’d sign up for. They’re offered from various online lenders, credit unions, and banks. Repayment terms are often ideal for paying off unexpected taxes without accumulating too much interest along the way. In fact, competitive interest rates make them a lower-cost alternative to IRS payment plans.

When and why would I need a tax loan?

Though most Americans do get a refund each year, there are a few circumstances that would make you owe more money in taxes. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, self-employment, changes in deductions, and extra income. In some instances, the taxes you owe may even exceed the return you were expecting back and you’ll end up owing money to the IRS rather than getting a refund.

Whether you knew it before tax day or not, you still have to pay these dues or face penalties and fees as months pass by. This is where a tax loan comes in—to help you pay off your dues on-time even when crisis strikes.

Are they a good idea?

Yes! Tax loans are the perfect solution when your tax refund doesn’t live up to expectations. Whether from self-employment or unintentionally altering your W-4 with an employer, certain circumstances may leave you with a large sum of money to pay back. Without the help of a loan, you may find yourself drowning in interest for missing payments. Ultimately, paying the low-interest rate associated with your loan will likely end up costing far less in the long-run than penalties inflicted by the IRS. Need another reason? Failing to pay your taxes, commonly known as tax evasion, is a serious criminal offense and could land you in jail for 3-5 years if you get caught.

How do I find the best deal?

Each filer’s needs are unique, so finding the perfect tax loan isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on your annual income and how much you owe, you may need a longer term to pay off the loan. Conversely, you may want a lower-interest rate and shorter repayment term.

Depending on your specific wants and needs, your search could be a click away or may require a little more investigation. Just like any other loan, be sure to research thoroughly and ask plenty of questions. Some lenders will offer a special promotional discount around tax season, so it’s important to plan accordingly and get those taxes filed as soon as possible.

Tax return not exactly what you’d anticipated? With rates as low as 9.99%, paying your taxes has never been easier than with our ongoing tax loan promotion. To learn a little more about repayment options and interest rates, give us a ring or reach out via email today!

Haven’t started your tax return yet? Now’s a better time than ever! Common Trust Federal Credit Union has teamed up with TurboTax to help you save up to $15 on federal tax products. Moreover, our team is highly knowledgeable and here to help you with every step of your application.

Dealership Don’ts: 5 Tactics to Get the Best Deal on Your New Vehicle

Car dealerships, like all businesses, are out to make as much money as possible — and as soon as you enter the showroom, their target is on you. There’s a reason in-person vehicle negotiations average about 3 hours: The dealership assumes that once you’re captive, you’re there until they make a deal. But don’t let this process force your hand. Strategize up front with these 5 “Dealership Don’ts” to ensure you have the right defense and tactics to successfully negotiate the right car for you at the right price for your budget.

Don’t Talk Too Much

Dealerships know how to make you more comfortable — friendly smiles, soft chairs, weekend tryouts, even free popcorn for the kids. But take care not to let your guard down: Every bit of small talk offers a salesperson more insight into how much they can manipulate a vehicle’s price. Just changed jobs? Trade-in not in great shape? Kid going to college? Absolutely in love with the test drive? Not great at math? Really, don’t mention it.

Don’t Agree to an Up-Front Credit Check

Six out of 10 shoppers are undecided when they walk into the dealership. Don’t agree to a credit check until you are sure that you’ve found the vehicle you want because every “hard pull” lowers your overall score by a few points. It’s also important that you know your credit score before negotiations begin — shady dealerships can sometimes manipulate that number to increase your payments and their profit.

Don’t Be Oversold

You walked into the dealership looking for mid-sized hatchback; don’t leave in an overpriced SUV. The salesperson’s job is to upsell you with fancy features, fully loaded extras, and “exclusive” deals, but don’t buy into it. Studies show 59% of car buyers research their purchase online before walking into the showroom; staying confident in your purchase decision will make you less susceptible to suggestion.

Don’t Discuss Payment Options Too Soon

Dealerships make a lot of money on financing deals. If you’re not using their financing, they will try to compensate by raising the price, lowering your trade-in, or bundling add-ons (keyless entry, free oil changes, etc.) that you didn’t ask for. If you are planning on paying cash or have come to the table with your own pre-approved financing deal (we offer those at CTFCU!), it’s in your best interest to keep that to yourself until you’ve locked down a price.  

Don’t Be Afraid to Walk Away

There’s a lot of power in being able to walk away from a deal that won’t suit your needs — even if you’re still tempted to sign off. Your trade-in value is low-balled, the monthly price is higher than you’d like, the color isn’t for you — whatever your reason, know that you can at any stage leave when you’re not 100% happy with a proposed deal. The dealership might be upset, but knowing they are losing business could entice them to lower your costs or add free incentives.

The best tool to take with you while vehicle shopping is pre-approved financing from Common Trust Federal Credit Union. Our ongoing auto loan promotion offers you rates as low as 2.49% with terms at 60 months, 72 months for 2019 models, or 84 months for loans of $50,000 or greater. Visit our auto loan promotion page or stop by the branch today to get started!

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