NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Inertia and Overwithholding: Explaining the Prevalence of Income Tax Refunds

Damon Jones

NBER Working Paper No. 15963
Issued in May 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

I thank Emmanuel Saez, Ulrike Malmendier and David Card for research guidance. I am grateful for additional feedback from Alan Auerbach, Raj Chetty, Stefano DellaVigna, Jim Hines, Patrick Kline, Botond Koszegi and Bruce Meyer. I'd also like to thank Naomi Feldman and Paul Chen for assistance in finding rare IRS documents. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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