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Trip Insurance to Protect Vacations Paid for With IRS Refund

by User Not Found | Apr 25, 2011

The April 9 federal budget deal meant tax refunds were not delayed. IRS says it processed 81 million refunds by early April totaling $234 billion and averaging $3,000. A new Travel Leaders survey says 57% of consumers will use tax refunds to buy travel. Travel insurance can keep a health or weather-related trip cancellation from wiping out hard-earned, prepaid vacation dollars.

East Hartford, CT (PRWEB) April 26, 2011 - As taxpayers experience a now-you-see-it, but now-you-don't economic recovery year, many have decided the time of waiting for a long-deferred vacation has gone on long enough. According to a recent consumer survey, they are making travel plans. Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Service last week reported a smooth 2011 processing cycle for 2010 federal income tax returns, with 96 million total returns resulting in 81 million tax refunds processed as of early April. IRS added that a total of $234 billion in tax refunds have been processed toward an expected year's total of almost $300 billion. The IRS estimate of a $3,000 average refund check this year is slightly more than the average $2,978 check that IRS said it processed one year ago.

Travel Insured International®, the leading independently-owned travel insurance provider, wants to raise taxpayer awareness that post-recession travel should be a rewarding, rejuvenating experience, but it will be a depressing one when a taxpayer blows an IRS tax refund by being forced to cancel a vacation for which he or she failed to obtain trip insurance coverage. The travel company Travel Leaders surveyed 953 consumers between March and April 2011, revealing that 57 percent of the taxpayers plan to use at least part of their refund checks to buy travel, with more than 80% saying they will spend more on a vacation this year than last. Prudent travelers, however, will recognize that after they have waited for both a deferred, post-recession vacation and the IRS tax refund to pay for it, 2011 is no time to book a vacation without the benefits of a travel insurance plan.

Find a Refund and Watch for the Dirty Dozen

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.

Travelers awaiting their income tax refund before booking a trip can take a key first step by checking the Internal Revenue Service web site ( for helpful advice.

Taxpayers can 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. Travel Insured International® recommends that travelers also pay close attention on the IRS home page story titled "Don't Fall Prey to the 2011 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams" for useful information on how to avoid ID thieves, tax refund scams, and tax preparation fraud, among other traps.

This website contains highlights of the plans developed by Travel Insured International, which include travel insurance coverages underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, Principal Office located in Morristown, New Jersey, under form series T7000 et al, T210 et al and TP-401 et al, and non-insurance Travel Assistance Services provided by C&F Services and for WTP Cruise only, AwayCare and Blue Ribbon Bags. The terms of insurance coverages in the plans may vary by jurisdiction and not all insurance coverages are available in all jurisdictions. Insurance coverages in these plans are subject to terms, limitations and exclusions including an exclusion for pre-existing medical conditions. In most states, your travel retailer is not a licensed insurance producer/agent, and is not qualified or authorized to answer technical questions about the terms, benefits, exclusions and conditions of the insurance offered or to evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance coverage. Your travel retailer may be compensated for the purchase of a plan and may provide general information about the plans offered, including a description of the coverage and price. The purchase of travel insurance is not required in order to purchase any other product or service from your travel retailer. CA DOI toll free number is 800-927-4357. The cost of your plan is for the entire plan, which consists of both insurance and non-insurance components. Individuals looking to obtain additional information regarding the features and pricing of each travel plan component, please contact Travel Insured International. P.O. Box 6503, Glastonbury, CT 06033; 855-752-8303; [email protected]; California license #0I13223. While Travel Insured International markets the travel insurance in these plans on behalf of USF, non-insurance components of the plans were added to the plans by Travel Insured and Travel Insured does not receive compensation from USF for providing the non-insurance components of the plans.