Should you tithe on your tax refund? The short answer is yes. The long answer goes back to another question. Do you tithe on gross income or net income? This is a question that I have heard discussed a few times, and I was even asked point blank by a co-worker once. My response was something like, “If you have to ask then you probably already know the answer.”
I believe that you should tithe on gross income before Uncle Sam, your 401k, or your health insurance provider gets their cut from your pay check. This is not the most popular answer, but I believe it to be the correct one. It is not your first fruits if someone else has already been nibbling.
The long answer to the original question is that it depends on whether you are a:
- Gross Income Tither – Then no, you have already tithed on this “refund” money when you earned it.
- Net Income Tither – Yes, you now have new spendable income that is flowing into your wallet that has not been tithed on already.