Your income tax refund is effected by many situations and variables. Basically a tax refund or rebate is money you get back when the amount of tax liability you have is less than the amount of taxes that you have paid. MOst taxpayers get refunds on their income tax if that amount is less than their totally refundable credits that they can claim. It can also be affected by the amount that they had withheld from all of their paychecks from work.
Almost all tax returns files get a refund check. Many people get tax refunds even if they don't actually owe any taxes due to mainly their earned income. This is due to withholding based on an annual basis. People who have been unemployed for a while will have more taxes withhold then they actually owe.
Tax refunds can be used for anything you wish. Once you get the money back you can do with it as you chose. You can have the refund directly deposited into your account or they can mail you a check. SOme people have extra money withhold from all of their paychecks so at the end of the tax period they get a larger return back because they had more money withheld than was necessary. ON the other hand many people would rather have them take out the right amount of taxes from each paycheck and keep the extra right that month instead of getting the large return.
The best way to get an estimate about how much your refund will be is to talk to a tax professional. They will be able to look at your pay stubs, purchases, and other tax variables and let you know about how much you should expect back or how much you will end up paying because you actually owe taxes and will not get a refund. SOme people do not remember that they will have to pay taxes at the end of the year instead of a refund which can lead to people not paying their taxes on time.
Remember that not everyone will get a tax refund. It all depends on your wages, income from bank accounts and investments, even college financial aid can affect the amount you can get in a tax return.