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There's definitely a benefit to doing that. Didn't have to pay this year, so I took part of my refund and got a new MacBook Pro.

If a MacBook Pro takes up "part" of your refund, you really need to modify your exemptions and stop letting the IRS hold your money all year long.

The IRS even gives you a handy calculator to figure it out: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96196,00.html

Unfortunately for too many people their excess tax withholdings are their only saving plan.

If your IRS refund is your only form of saving, then spending it on a MacBook Pro takes you to a whole new level of bad decision making.

Unfortunately it also makes you a fairly typical American.

It is baffling how many people treat a tax return like it's found money, when in reality it's the end result of you losing money. People think "oh sweet I can buy a laptop" rather than "oh crap I lost a bunch due to inflation and missed interest".

Sometimes I wish I knew less about math, I would probably be happier.

I'm sure Apple would be thrilled if all of the typical Americans bought MacBook Pros.

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