How Removing A Tax Lien Affects Your Credit

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How Removing A Tax Lien Affects Your Credit

How Removing A Tax Lien Affects Your Credit

We received two questions about tax liens recently, and it give me the opportunity to check in and see how the IRS’s initiative to give taxpayers a “fresh start” after they’ve paid off tax liens is working. My credit scores are 730, 723 and 728 but I have a tax lien filed against me. If… Read More

Senate Republicans Block New Consumer Watchdog

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Senate Republicans Block New Consumer Watchdog

Senate Republicans Block New Consumer Watchdog

Senate Republicans made good on their promise to block Richard Cordray from becoming the first permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday morning, in a vote that promises to keep consumers’ rights in limbo at least through the 2012 elections. Cordray, formerly the attorney general of Ohio and now the bureau’s enforcement chief,… Read More

Balance Transfer Day: Not a Slam Dunk for Consumers

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Balance Transfer Day: Not a Slam Dunk for Consumers

Balance Transfer Day: Not a Slam Dunk for Consumers

You know, when I first heard that December 11 was Balance Transfer Day, I applauded the spirit of the day. I want consumers to get the lowest interest rates possible when they’re in debt. And just to be clear, the best balance transfer offers involve a zero percent introductory APR (interest rate) for a specific… Read More

Down-to-the-Wire Lobbying Push for Embattled Consumer Watchdog

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Down-to-the-Wire Lobbying Push for Embattled Consumer Watchdog

Down-to-the-Wire Lobbying Push for Embattled Consumer Watchdog

The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on whether to confirm former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the first permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Obama has unveiled a new lobbying campaign to pressure Republicans who oppose the nomination to change their minds. As the vote approaches, such a change… Read More

Mark Frauenfelder Won’t Kill Chickens

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Mark Frauenfelder Won’t Kill Chickens

Mark Frauenfelder Won’t Kill Chickens

In 2003, Mark Frauenfelder and his wife Carla decided to do something a little crazy. They decided to ditch their lives as freelancers in Los Angeles, following a slowdown in the media business, and move themselves and their two kids (a six-year-old and an infant) to a remote island in the south pacific where the… Read More

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