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  • Tax return

    10 Ways You’re Filing Your Taxes WrongPersonal Finance

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    Good news: You made it through winter and spring is finally here. Bad news: Your taxes are due! Fortunately, the most common mistakes made on tax returns are fairly easy to avoid. Why should you care? These common mistakes often mean you’re paying more taxes than necessary or, even worse, you’re under-reporting your income and setting yourself up for interest and penalties on unpaid taxes. Here are the top tax mistakes you make when filing […]

  • Affordable Housing

    The U.S. Cities That Are About to Become UnaffordableMortgages, Personal Finance

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    When you hear affordable cities, there are four that should be familiar to you now: Cincinnati, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Omaha. But here’s a list of U.S. cities that are rapidly becoming less affordable: Cincinnati, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Omaha. In other words, the secret is out. The good news is, many of these places are still affordable — for now. The bad news is that time might be running out. Data crunchers at RealtyTrac have supplied Credit.com with information on […]

  • Homeowners

    6 Things You Need to Investigate Before You Buy a HouseMortgages, Personal Finance

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    If you’re in the market to buy a house, you already know you need a real estate agent, a mortgage lender, a down payment and, well, a house to buy. While finding the right house can be a tough but exciting challenge, it can also be full of heartbreak. You might find a beautiful home, but, surprise, it needs a lot of expensive work you didn’t initially see — a new roof, a new furnace or a tall fence since […]

  • Tax return

    5 Things You Can Do Now to Get a Tax Refund Next YearPersonal Finance

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    If you aren’t getting a tax refund this year, it might be a good idea to sit down now and figure out what adjustments you can make to ensure you do get one next year. Here are five things you can consider to help make that happen. 1. Adjust Your Withholdings If you’re truly looking to get a payout come April, you may want to adjust your withholdings with your employer so you pay more […]

  • Housing wealth

    Can’t Find an Affordable Home to Buy? Here’s WhyPersonal Finance, Money

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    If you’ve been searching for a new home, whether to buy your first or “trade up” into a larger or fancier home, chances are you’re having a hard time finding suitable options. That’s because availability of starter (median price $154,156) and trade-up (median price $267,845) homes on the market has decreased over the past four years all across the country, according to a new quarterly report on the supply and affordability of homes. The Trulia Inventory and […]

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    Bernie vs. Hillary: How Do Their Tax Plans Really Stack Up?Financial Literacy, Politics

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    Tax policy is a crucial component of any political campaign, but as important as taxes are to many voters, they’re not easy to understand. Expert analysis comes in handy, but due to the complex nature of tax policy, even that can be puzzling. Take, for example, recent joint research from the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. Researchers from the left-leaning think tanks’ tax policy centers assessed the tax plans from Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and […]

  • Medical history

    You Aren’t the Only One Who Knows What Meds You’re OnPersonal Finance

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    Most people expect their medical data to remain in just a few hands — their doctor, their pharmacist, their family, etc. — but prescription medication data can be shared with a number of companies you may not expect. Consumer Reports reminded readers last week that prescription drug data can be shared not only with your pharmacist, but with the pharmacy chain, data miners and insurance companies. These companies use the data to send you ads for medical […]

  • Election Scam

    One More Thing to Hate About Election Season: ScamsPolitics, Consumer Protection

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    In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s an election year, and with that comes the onslaught of election-related phone calls, emails, snail mail, campaign signs, TV ads, radio ads … yeah, it’s enough to make you stop paying attention. But within that onslaught are things you do need to pay attention to: The scammers that are hoping you’re too fatigued or too naive to notice that they’re not on the up-and-up. They want to lift your […]

  • What to do if you're audited

    What to Do Immediately If You’re AuditedPersonal Finance

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    Unless you’ve intentionally done something wrong on your tax return, chances are you’re not going to get audited. The Internal Revenue Service’s 2014 Data Book shows the overall audit rate for individual taxpayers was under 1% of all returns filed. IRS audits fall into two categories: Correspondence audits, which typically just look to correct a filing error and can be handled by mail with an IRS agent; and field audits, which take place in person […]

  • 16 States With a Huge Identity Theft ProblemIdentity Theft

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    Identity theft is a big problem, and it’s a growing one. The Consumer Sentinel Network (a database used by the Federal Trade Commission and a variety of agencies) received nearly 500,000 complaints about identity theft in 2015. Complaints increased about 47% from 2014 and about 69% from 2013, making it the second most common source of consumer complaints, after debt collection. Of course, the number of complaints about identity theft only gives a partial picture […]

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