Travel Insured Urges Insurance for Vacations Paid with Tax Refunds as IRS Says Over 68 Million Taxpayers Get an Average $2,978 Refund in 2010

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The IRS reports that income tax refunds this year are averaging $2,978, up 9.5% from 2009. Travel Insured International urges traveling taxpayers to protect their tax return-funded vacations with Travel Insurance. The leading consumer travel forum TripAdvisor found that 46% of its 1,710 surveyed subscribers use tax returns to help pay for vacations.

Will you use any portion of your 2009 tax return for travel this year?

April can be a dreaded time of year for taxpayers as filing deadline approaches, but the season has a silver lining for many aspiring travelers who carefully plan a vacation purchase with their IRS tax refund. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on April 2, 2010 that refunds are increasing based on its current tax refund statistics through March 26.

IRS reported that 66,587,000 taxpayers who filed thus far will receive an average $2,978 tax refund this year, an increase of 9.5% from the average $2,719 received last year. Additionally, the $204.2 billion in total tax refunds so far this year is up 3.9% from the cumulative $196.5 billion in tax refunds verified through March in 2009.

Travel Insured International, the leading independently-owned travel insurance provider, urges taxpayers electing to use their refunds to help pay for a 2010 vacation to protect their tax-return vacation investment with Travel Insurance. Travel Insured wants to raise taxpayer awareness that travel should be a rewarding, rejuvenating experience, but it will be a depressing one when a taxpayer blows an income tax refund by being forced to cancel a vacation for which they failed to obtain trip insurance coverage.

The popular online travel forum TripAdvisor.com, which attracts almost 45 million monthly consumer viewers according to comScore Media Metrix web traffic ratings, published results from its 2009 tax refund survey. TripAdvisor asked 1,710 readers: “Will you use any portion of your 2009 tax return for travel this year?” The answers were 46% “Yes” and 54% “No.”

Tax Refund Scam Advisory

Travelers awaiting their income tax refund before booking a trip can take a key first step by checking the Internal Revenue Service web site (http://www.irs.gov) for helpful advice. Taxpayers click on “Where’s the refund?” to go to a status tool page for making a simple inquiry about their recently submitted return and its tax refund.

Be sure to check the “don’t fall for scams” IRS advisory which notes the following:

    IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers by Email.
    Do not reply to Emails from anyone claiming to be IRS or asking for tax info.
    Report any such Emails to the government link in the IRS site.
    Study the enclosed examples of phony IRS emails to learn to avoid scams.

Taxpayers protecting their vacation plans following tax season should include Trip Cancellation / Interruption coverage, a key component of each plan from the Worldwide Trip Protector product line from Travel Insured International. The coverage will protect the hard-earned nest egg from IRS that helped fund their trip. Worldwide Trip Protector products ensure that if illness, an accident, a job loss, a travel supplier bankruptcy (in most plans), or other covered reason forces policyholders to cancel or cut short their trip their vacation investment can be saved.

If the worst happens, insured taxpayers will still see another refund, this time from Travel Insured. They can save their trip for another day when travel conditions are more favorable. A Travel Insured plan provides a cash refund for covered losses unlike many supplier plans that offer a credit toward the same trip, often with a rebooking deadline period within which the credit must be taken. The taxpayer who travels relaxed on a well-earned vacation after tax season is the one who travels insured with Travel Insured.

About Travel Insured International:
Travel Insured delivers comprehensive travel protection benefits ranging from trip cancellation and trip interruption to emergency assistance and Medevac insurance, travel accident and sickness medical expense, accidental death and dismemberment, missed connection and baggage delay or loss.

The company's travel insurance plans include its comprehensive Worldwide Trip Protector, the most popular travel protection plan coverage offering Travel Protection, Flight Baggage Protection, Travel Medical Insurance and Travel Accident Protection. All Kids under 18 related to the primary insured receive FREE travel protection and Worldwide Trip Protector Gold, our Worldwide Business and Vacation Travel Insurance designed to protect luxury vacations and business trips. It offers travel protection, flight baggage protection, travel medical insurance, travel accident protection, collision damage waiver, and emergency evacuation (medevac) coverage.. Travel Insured also offers two travel insurance plans designed to provide basic yet flexible protection for families and budget conscious travelers, its Worldwide Trip Protector Lite insurance plan and Worldwide Trip Protector Lite Expanded insurance plan. Finally they offer an Airline Ticket Protector plan as well as a complete offering of Group Travel Insurance plans including Student Group insurance plans.

Visit Travel Insured's travel insurance web site or speak to a friendly, knowledgeable Travel Insured customer care professional at 1-800-243-3174.
Travel Insured International, based in East Hartford, Connecticut, was founded in 1993 by the foresight of insurance industry executive Peter Gehris when he acquired the travel protection division of the Travelers Insurance Company. Coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company (a Missouri corporation, NAIC #11150) with executive offices located in Jersey City, NJ. Not all insurance products or coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to actual policy language.

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