Tax season is upon us, and how much money you owe or get back is entirely your business. But, if you do post your tax refund online, be prepared for the possibility that it might go viral.
A single mother from South Carolina wrote an inspiring message about what she planned to do with the $5,600 she got back from the government and posted it to her Facebook page.
“I got back $5600 on my taxes. Instead of buying my kids the latest Jordans or fancy electronics I paid my rent for the YEAR. I’m a single mom and I do it all buy [sic] myself on a minimum wage job,” Christina Knaack posted to Facebook. “My kids don’t want for anything because my priorities are straight. And this also means I will have that extra 450 a month to do things with my kids.”
The caption was accompanied by a receipt for the rent she paid through the rest of 2017. (It looks like she put all of $200 from her tax refund towards rent.)
As of this writing, the post has received 324,000 likes and over 42,000 comments.
According to Fox Carolina, the post started gaining traction almost immediately. Knaack told the station that she never expected her post would draw that kind of attention.
“It’s pretty crazy,” she said. “I was just sharing a milestone with my friends and family.”
Not all of the attention the post has been positive, however. After showing off the receipt online, Knaack updated her Facebook page with several posts about the comments she’s been receiving.
“So I just woke up to some of the most hateful comments and some very inspiring comments and people I don’t even kno [sic] defending me,” she wrote. She went on to say, “As long as my post has inspired people I’m happy with that.”
With comments such as, “You keep up the good work mama- you’re doing well!!!” and many more that make note of how Knaack made a responsible decision when choosing how to spend her money, I’d say she’s certainly been an inspiration to many.