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Don’t let tax scammers get away with it

by Federal Trade Commission

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Tax season is getting close — and for some people, so is an experience with tax identity theft or IRS imposters. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You usually find out something’s wrong after you file your tax return. … Continue Reading

Nearly Twenty Percent of Consumers Have Unpaid Medical Bills On Their Credit Report

by Jim Malmberg

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A new study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shows that nearly 43 million American consumers have unpaid medical bills on their credit reports. These unpaid bills are damaging credit and indicate that many consumers are confused about how much they owe and what their responsibilities are when they receive medical invoices. … Continue Reading

FTC publications — free and at your fingertips

by Federal Trade Commission

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When you want free consumer information — for yourself or a group — the FTC is ready to take your order. Looking for identity theft brochures to share with your book club? We’ve got them. … Continue Reading

Answering the call about mobile tech

by Federal Trade Commission

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Have you ever snagged a great deal right from your tablet? Or maybe you’ve donated to a charity from your phone? Then you know first-hand that mobile technologies give us unprecedented efficiency and convenience. The FTC is addressing the issues that affect consumers as new mobile technologies come on the scene. … Continue Reading

The Talk: College and Money

by Terry Savage

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It’s time for another honest talk with your college-age children. It won’t be a shock to them that you want to discuss money – unless you’ve failed to have a “junior” version of this conversation before they became teenagers. … Continue Reading

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Tax Return
Don’t let tax scammers get away with it

Tax season is getting close — and for some people, so is an experience with tax identity theft or IRS imposters. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You usually find out something’s wrong after you file your tax return. … Continue Reading

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