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5 Things You Should Know About Tax Refund Loans

As tax season speeds into high gear, put the brakes on "fast refunds" that come in the form of refund anticipation loans, or RALs. They’re a costly option thousands of taxpayers take, often without realizing just how expensive—and probably unnecessary—they really are. Here are five things you should know about RALs, including alternatives that are cheaper and less risky.

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