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Payday Loans and Tax Time

This infographic provides a snapshot of the impact of payday loans on borrowers. Payments are unaffordable for the budgets of most payday loan borrowers, and 1 in 6 has used a tax refund to eliminate payday loan debt. Similar to payday borrowers, 1 in 5 auto title loan borrowers reports using a tax refund to repay a title loan.

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Note: This infographic was updated on April 13, 2016, to include source information.

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  • Nick Bourke

    Nick Bourke is director of consumer finance at Pew, which includes the small-dollar loans and consumer banking projects. These teams conduct research on payday and other small loans and study the accounts that Americans rely on every day to manage their finances, such as checking accounts, prepaid cards, and mobile payments. They also offer recommendations designed to protect consumers from... Read More

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