Has anyone experienced the Curse of the Tax Refund? For example, I did my taxes last week and am expecting a refund. Since then, I have had a flat tire which cost me about $140 because the tire stores recommend you replace tires by the pair. Also, out of the blue I am having battery issues with my iBook which will set me back at least another c-note. This whole concept was spawned (or more accurately pegged) by a friend of mine on the West Coast. Last year, after doing his taxes and getting a refund, he was hit with "a thousand dollar job" on his car. Anyone had a run-in with this? Car problems, senseless theft, emergency dental problems involving you or family members.