Soon after the Estes indictments, however, Mr. Freeman, the agriculture secretary, disclosed that a key investigator on the case, Henry Marshall, had been found dead in Texas — bludgeoned on the head, with nearly fatal amounts of carbon monoxide in his bloodstream and five chest wounds from a single-shot bolt-action rifle. Local officials ruled it suicide, but the body was exhumed and the cause changed to homicide.
via Billie Sol Estes, Texas Con Man, Dies at 88 – NYTimes.com.
Is this fair? No. It’s worse than that, though. It’s ungrateful and it’s indecent.
via What Eduardo Saverin Owes America Hint: Nearly Everything | PandoDaily.
3. Put at least a third in a savings account, right away. Consider it “someone else’s money.” Your future needy self, of course!
via How to Spend a Tax Refund.
Before following the other seven helpful tips in this well-reasoned list, consider (if you are not self-employed) adjusting your withholding so that you are not due an enormous refund in the first place.
The I.R.S. has an online calculator to help you do it and, combined with a nimble tweak to your (or a quick adoption of) direct deposit, you can automatically route the extra dollars to a savings account. You will still get a windfall, of course, but it will accrue week by week with interest.