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Tax time is at hand, and it can be an opportunity to lend a hand as well. According to a new survey conducted by Western Union, 42 percent of consumers said they are planning to file their tax returns earlier than usual this year to receive any refunds sooner, with 72 percent reporting they would share their large tax refunds with a friend or family member who is having trouble paying their current living expenses.

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More Americans filing taxes early to share refunds

With many families feeling the impact of the current economic crunch, more people are filing their taxes early to receive tax refunds sooner.

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