Lawsuit: IRS Debt Help is a Scam

Personal Finance

Lawsuit: IRS Debt Help is a Scam

Lawsuit: IRS Debt Help is a Scam

If you watch late-night TV, you’ve probably seen him: A chunky guy with a red beard who ends every ad with the line “Tax Masters. We solve your tax problems.” But according to Lori Swanson, attorney general of Minnesota, Tax Masters creates more problems for consumers than it solves. Swanson sued Tax Masters in Minneapolis… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Pell Grants Plummet, Government Checks Sent Electronically

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Financial News Roundup: Pell Grants Plummet, Government Checks Sent Electronically

Financial News Roundup: Pell Grants Plummet, Government Checks Sent Electronically

Today’s top news headlines feature a warning from banks regarding slashed debit fees. Plus, find out why foreclosure attorneys are becoming more difficult to hire. Social Security benefits will soon be deposited electronically CNN The Department of Treasury announced it will begin depositing some government benefits checks via direct deposit in the near future. Americans… Read More

Florida ATM Strikes Gold – Will Consumers Follow?

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Florida ATM Strikes Gold – Will Consumers Follow?

Florida ATM Strikes Gold – Will Consumers Follow?

Boca Raton is home to its fair share of gilt and flash. Art deco buildings dot the landscape, and there’s no shortage of hip scene-sters sporting jewelry and rolling down Royal Palm Way in custom Cadillacs – even in these tough economic times. Now affluent consumers in the area have one more option that can… Read More

2011: The Year of the Free Credit Score?

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2011: The Year of the Free Credit Score?

2011: The Year of the Free Credit Score?

2011 could be the first year in which large numbers of consumers receive free disclosures of their credit scores. I am not talking about the offers that involve signing up for a credit monitoring product, or the free credit scores that some financial institutions or websites offer. While I believe those services (including Credit.com’s truly free… Read More

Most Americans Don’t Have Enough Money to Save After Paying Bills

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Most Americans Don’t Have Enough Money to Save After Paying Bills

Most Americans Don’t Have Enough Money to Save After Paying Bills

Despite more consumers feeling as though the economy continued to improve in November, more than half were still incapable of putting anything into savings after paying their monthly bills, according to the latest report from Discover Financial Services. Just 49 percent of consumers responded that they did have some money left over, marking the 20th… Read More

Republicans to Issue Their Own Report on Financial Crisis

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Republicans to Issue Their Own Report on Financial Crisis

Republicans to Issue Their Own Report on Financial Crisis

Arguing that Democrats used their report on the causes of the economic meltdown as a “hit piece” against Republican policies, former U.S. Representative Bill Thomas of California said GOP members of the panel will release their own report on Wednesday. In particular, Thomas said the Democratic report used language such as “magic” and “alchemy” to… Read More

Improved Consumer Credit Drives Discover Profits

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Improved Consumer Credit Drives Discover Profits

Improved Consumer Credit Drives Discover Profits

Discover Financial Services recently announced it made $349.6 million in the fourth quarter of the year, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires. This was largely the result of consumers both increasing their credit card use, and because they were more conscientious in paying their monthly bills. The $349.6 million figure was still down… Read More

The Dos and Don’ts of Financing a College Education

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The Dos and Don’ts of Financing a College Education

The Dos and Don’ts of Financing a College Education

This Tuesday, December 21 at 9 pm, CNBC will present a one-hour documentary that asks the $874 billion dollar question: Are student loans the next bubble to burst? We recently explored this issue at Credit.com and while some industry experts aren’t worried, you can’t ignore the heaping amount amount of evidence that seems to point to… Read More

Car Buying Secret: Brinksmanship Works.

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Car Buying Secret: Brinksmanship Works.

Car Buying Secret: Brinksmanship Works.

We’ve heard it so many times before: “Buy now and save!” Well, if you’re shopping for a new car, Dec. 31 may be one of the rare times when that old advertising line is actually true. The last day of the year is actually the best day to buy a new car, according to a… Read More

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