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4 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Get Ahead

You’ve received a tax refund, now what? A tax refund can be an important source of cash for a small business. Depending on the amount of money you receive, several different opportunities are presented to you that can benefit your business. The main goal is to do something meaningful that will help your business grow.

Pay down debts

Paying off debts is always a good use of a tax refund. You’ll most likely end up saving more by putting your refund towards your high interest payments rather than banking the money. By eliminating these debts, you’ll have more money left at the end of every month to reinvest into your business.

Treat your tax refund as an investment opportunity

Is there an area you feel your business is lacking in or something you are missing that could help it grow? This could include buying or leasing new equipment, hiring a new employee, upgrading your website or purchasing a customer relationship management tool. Using your refund to improve the efficiency and productivity of your business is always a great investment.

Invest in your team

Hiring new employees is one option to boost productivity, but investing in your current team can also be extremely beneficial. Using your extra money to offer training and development programs will make your employees more successful and able to contribute at their full potential. Staff bonuses and rewards are also an option. Show your employees you appreciate their efforts by organizing an event or providing bonuses. Offering a token of your appreciation goes a long way to increase company loyalty.

Create an emergency fund

Unexpected costs can appear at any time whether it’s equipment breaking down, supplier price increases or you're just facing a slow time of the year. If you don’t have any immediate needs, putting your tax refund into a savings account that is only for emergency purposes can be critical for your future.

Always remember that a tax refund is not guaranteed every year, so don’t waste the opportunity to do something beneficial with it. Be sure to analyze your business thoroughly and be strategic about how you use the money.

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