Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

Identity Theft

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

Tax Identity Theft: Why You’re Vulnerable

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine – let’s call her Mallory – got an unsettling call from her accountant. The accountant had been preparing Mallory’s taxes, hit “Send” to e-file the finished return, and it was rejected. Someone had already filed a tax return using Mallory’s Social Security number. She’d been a victim… Read More

No Bubble Here: Rising Home Prices Expected to Level Off

Mortgages

No Bubble Here: Rising Home Prices Expected to Level Off

No Bubble Here: Rising Home Prices Expected to Level Off

Home prices increased 12.2% from February 2013 to February 2014, marking the 24th consecutive month of year-over-year growth, according to the most recent CoreLogic Home Price Index Report. That trend is expected to continue, with a 10.5% year-over-year increase projected for March. There was also a slight month-to-month increase of 0.8% from January to February…. Read More

The Worst Cars for the Environment?

Auto Loans

The Worst Cars for the Environment?

The Worst Cars for the Environment?

Unsurprising news of the day: Big trucks don’t make the “Greenest Vehicles of 2014″ list. Sports cars seem to be pretty bad for Mother Nature, too. Granted, no one buys a Lamborghini for its fuel economy (which is a dismal 10 miles per gallon on city streets for the Aventador Roadster model). But a Prius,… Read More

The Strategy Car Dealers Use to Get You to Pay More

Personal Finance

The Strategy Car Dealers Use to Get You to Pay More

The Strategy Car Dealers Use to Get You to Pay More

There’s a car dealer outside New York City who aggressively advertises $7,500 discounts for buyers who show up for a “sale.” The sale is, of course, temporarily permanent, and offered for every Hallmark holiday. How can he do it? Listen carefully to the ad, and you’ll hear the phrase “discounted … from the posted dealer… Read More

Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Identity Theft

Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Atlanta Woman Is a Victim of Tax ID Theft 2 Years In a Row

Most people don’t enjoy tax season. Any of the thousands of Americans who experience tax-related identity theft find this time of year particularly frustrating. And then there’s Kenyatta Solomon, an Atlanta woman whose identity has reportedly been stolen to file fraudulent tax returns two years in a row. “It’s very frustrating, especially when they say they… Read More

The Rules of Credit Repair

Credit 101

The Rules of Credit Repair

The Rules of Credit Repair

There are no shortcuts to building great credit: Everyone starts with nothing, and if your credit score tumbles at some point, it takes time, patience and planning to recover. That doesn’t mean you have to figure it out by yourself, though you certainly can. If you have poor credit, want to improve it and don’t… Read More

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Identity Theft

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Many companies are taking advantage of cyber insurance to ease the blow of security breaches by hackers, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ever since Target was hacked, sales of these insurance policies have picked up. Schools are among the entities that have taken cyber insurance seriously, but every company with confidential data such as payroll information might… Read More

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