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Tax season brings refund money to local businesses

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FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - In spite of delays in IRS filling, people are continuing to spend their tax refund money at local businesses, owners say.

Florence Business owners say they look forward to this time of year because people buy their products with tax refund money. Many businesses say the months leading up to March are slow for them, and they are just as excited to sell products as people are to buy them.

"People start getting refunds, and they need a place to spend it, and we're all too happy to take it from them," said Rick Knight.

Around tax season, businesses say more people buy items like T.V.'s, furniture and cars.

This year, pawn shop owners say they are seeing more people buy guns. Those owners say more people are buying guns because of the recent uncertainty in gun laws out of Washington.

Pee Dee Auto sales say they have already sold 400 cars this tax season. Normally the dealership sells 200 a month.

"A lot of businesses this time of year, that's how we make our money this time of year," ," said David Richardson . "And like I say, it gets us through the rest of the year. Tax time is our biggest time of year."

Richardson said cars brands like Nissans and Dodge sell well this time of year, because people view those brands as inexpensive and reliable.

According to Rick Knight of Knight Furniture, people are shopping for couches and sofas with their tax return. Knight said even if people don't come directly to his store and buy, he still sees the result of people investing money into the city.

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