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How to Pay Less Tax Legally and Boost Your Savings

April 2014

Everyone who pays income taxes would like to pay as little as legally possible. Most of us would also like to save more. In 2014, why not use some of the tax deductions and credits that you qualify for to help lower your tax bill? Then use the money you’ve freed up to maximize your savings. The IRS and tax experts note that many people who qualify for the deductions and credits identified in this report fail to take them. Here are some strategies that may work for you in 2014. Be sure to consult your tax advisor about those which look promising for you.

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Are You Alert for New Financial Scams Targeting Older Americans?

Knowing These Basics Can Help Protect Your Family

March 2014

Do you know who are now the favorite target of financial scams? Older adults in the U.S. In 2012, people 60 and older made up 26% of all fraud complaints tracked by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the highest of any age group. That figure’s up from 10% in 2008, when it was the lowest of any adult age group. Also note that these statistics represent only the reported cases. The FTC estimates that no more than 10% of these scams are reported. Because about 10,000 boomers turn 65 each day, the popularity of these scams will only grow. Here’s how to spot the most recent scams and how to protect yourself and your family.

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Start an Emergency Fund or Pay Down Credit Card Debt

Which Should You Do First?

February 2014

This question is familiar to most consumers. It typically occurs each month when the credit card statements arrive. According to TransUnion the average credit card holder owes just over $5000. And credit cards have relatively high interest rates, currently about 13% to 15.4% APR according to Bankrate.com. So it would save money to pay this debt down as fast as possible, right? Wouldn't that be more important than saving a small "rainy day" or emergency fund? Not necessarily. Here’s why.

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All You Need To Know About Credit Card Hacks



creditcardWant to know a good thing about all the publicity on credit card hacks? You're probably paying more attention to the protection of your personal and financial information!

This page gives you a lot of resources for you to use to protect yourself.

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How the Credit Card Hacks Impact You


card_hackAnd Why It's Not a Big Deal if You're Careful

By Remar Sutton
Founder of the Privacy Rights Now Coalition


You've heard about the hacks and theft of personal and financial information of millions of Americans, right? Data thefts seem to be happening all the time.

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