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South Georgians await tax refunds

February 25, 2003

Valdosta - Toni Jarvis files her W-2 forms and anxiously awaits her tax refund check. "I actually got more than I planned on and should have it back in 24 hours," said Jarvis.

But in less time than it took to receive her money, it will all be gone. "I'm going to use every bit to pay off credit cards," said Jarvis.

Tax refund season has business booming at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. But manager Shari Cook says things have actually slowed down a bit over the past few weeks. "People were so anxious to get their money back that they haven't been waiting around," said Cook. "They brought them in as soon as they got them, most by the end of January, and we were swamped."

Cook says a struggling economy has left many people desperate for the extra cash. Some even filed before receiving all their W-2's. "They're going to have to come back and do an amendment, and it will cost them more but they needed their money so bad they had to go ahead and file what they had," said Cook.

Like Jarvis, Cook says most people are using their tax refunds to pay off debt. "Credit cards and bills are the main things we hear they're using the money for," said Cook.

Cook says more people seem to be using tax services like Jackson Hewitt this year, rather than filing themselves. It costs about $60.00 more, but prevents mistakes that could keep you from getting as much money back and guarantees your refund check in 24 to 48 hours.

posted at 2:30 by ashley.harper@walb.com