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Single SC mom's use of her tax return goes viral

Posted February 23

A South Carolina mom’s use of her tax return has turned into a source of inspiration for thousands of people all across the country.

— A South Carolina mom’s use of her tax return has turned into a source of inspiration for thousands of people all across the country.

Christina Knaack of Gaffney posted on her page about what she did with the $5,600 she got back on her tax return. Knaack is the mother of a four-month-old and 2-year-old.

By Thursday morning, that post had gotten 76,000 shares and nearly 21,000 comments.

While most people loved what she wrote, she admitted there were some hateful remarks that came her way. But she said overall, she's glad that she put her experience out there.

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  • Jennifer Teasley Feb 24, 11:12 p.m.
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    Wow, I am amazed someone got that much back in taxes. I have two kids in college on what is considered middle class income and we have to pay taxes. I am glad she took care of business.

  • Cynthia Vinson Feb 24, 8:44 a.m.
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    Nice!! Some of us would do well to learn this lesson. Priorities is what it is all about.
    That way we eliminate that,
    shoulda, coulda, woulda mindset.

  • Ed Ray Feb 24, 5:55 a.m.
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    WOW!!!!!!! Someone does something responsible and people roast her for it. I say good for her she paid her rent in advance so she could make sure that her and her kids have a roof over their head and people really find bad things to say about it. I say great for her way to go mom.

  • Tim Orr Feb 23, 8:44 p.m.
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    Maureen....I hope the father isn't dead. Kinda hard to get CS from a dead person. And I don't see where she says she isn't getting child support. Maybe quit putting your thoughts on someone else.

  • Maureen Mercer Feb 23, 7:02 p.m.
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    Sounds like she needs help getting child support, after all she did not get pregnant by herself.

  • John Townsend Feb 23, 6:12 p.m.
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    Without knowing it's hard to say. She could be getting some sort of refundable tax credit like the EETC and ended up with a negative effective tax rate.

  • Mike Trekker Feb 23, 5:48 p.m.
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    Self reliance will set you free. She is a good person and parent.

  • Susan Olvera Feb 23, 4:48 p.m.
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    Not 100% likely. I rented a two bedroom apartment in a duplex near NC State for $450.00. You can also find single and doublewides that rent for $450.00.

    Even if she does receive a rent subsidy, it matters little to me personally. In my personal opposition to elective abortion, I wholly support resources for women who choose to continue their pregnancies. Glad she has rent for a full year, go mom!

  • Norman Lewis Feb 23, 4:15 p.m.
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    Getting a refund of that size displays very poor financial planning. I bet an extra $450 a month all year long would have been welcomed particularly for a single mother.

  • Tyler Puckett Feb 23, 3:34 p.m.
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    Silly thing to do. Life can change a lot in the course of a year. She may need to break the lease, she may have an emergency that she needs that money for, etc.