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4 Mistakes You May Be Making With Your Tax Refund When You Have Debt

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Paula Langguth Ryan, Mediator, Consumer Advocate and Communications Consultant Got debt? Thinking of using your tax refund check to play catch up or pay down a balance? Before you act, read this article. Most people who have debt make the wrong choices with their tax refunds. End result: you wind up even more stressed than before you got your ... Read More »

How Much Will We Get Back On Our Taxes Next Year? – Haley

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“Dear Jim, My husband is the only one that works and we have 4 children. He has made 51,000 and paid in 8,100 since February. Hi I am wondering if you could tell me approximately how much we will get back in 2013. Haley” Don’t miss our free Get Out of Debt – “How To” Guide Series on a number ... Read More »

Say Good-Bye to Tax Refund Loans.

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Tax refund loans or tax refund anticipation loans as they were known, were always a stinker. People would pay tax preparers a lot in fees just to get their refund a little sooner. But those days are thankfully on the way out. This excellent article in the Washington Post explains how the loans grew and fell in a need for ... Read More »

Tax Refund Check Cashing Scheme Hits Southern Florida

As tax season rolls around it’s no surprise to see tax refund check cashing schemes arising in the news. Announced Monday was the filing of a criminal Information charging defendants Wilson Lau, and his wife, Kate Yuee Lau, for their participation in a check cashing scheme involving more than $5 million in fraudulently obtained tax refund checks and tax refund ... Read More »

Woman Sentenced For Stealing Identities Of Student Loan Borrowers

Janika Fernae Bates, a resident of Alabama, was sentenced today in the Middle District of Alabama to 94 months in federal prison for stealing identities of student loan borrowers and providing them to a co-conspirator, who used them to file false tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. On Sept. 23, 2011, a jury in Montgomery, ... Read More »

55 Indicted In Operation Stolen Treasures

55 people have been indicted with connections to a large tax fraud scheme which involves hundreds of falsified income tax returns that sought over $250 million in refunds. This scheme has been deemed “Operation Stolen Treasures” and while it is not a big blockbuster movie starring Nicholas Cage it is a criminal investigation revolving around two California companies: Old Quest ... Read More »

What Will Happen if I Have Not Missed Any Payments? – Alma

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Alma “Dear Steve, I am presently in bankruptcy and i only have 11 months to go, but now I find that they did not get my tax refund what will happen I have already done 5 years. What will happen if I have not missed any payments? It is payroll deducted. Alma” Don’t miss our free Get Out of Debt ... Read More »

I Want to Use My Tax Refund to Pay Down My Debt. – Laurie

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“Dear Steve, Okay you asked, I have my five credit cards($850), ($120), ($140), ($870), ($550) an overdraft, gas card, timeshare, 2 car loans and a mortgage. I also have to pay my property taxes for my home($1050) and the time share($883). I want to knock out 2 cards one both under $150, and try to pay down my overdraft($1200) and ... Read More »

Having Problems Paying My Tolls for My Commute. – Drew

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Drew “Dear Steve, I owe about $60,000 in student loans. I owe $15,000 in credit card debt. I have no trouble making the monthly student loan payments, and I have no problem making at least the minimum monthly payments on my credit card. The credit card company just lowered my credit limit so that I am nearly maxed out. In ... Read More »

Should I Use My Tax Refund to Pay Off My Credit Card Debt? – Cassandra

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“Dear Steve, I’m a 39 year old single-mom of two, who makes about $30,000/yr. I currently have credit card debt of about $7800. No savings. No 401K. I usually get a tax refund of around $4000. So, my question is, do I pay off as many credit cards as I can with the refund or do I bring the balances ... Read More »

Lisa Has Been Slowly Bleeding Financially And Needs Intervention

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“Dear Steve, We are about $20,000 in debt due to accrued credit card & medical. We have been doing a “slow bleed” for the past 41/2 yrs since my husband unexpectantly lost his job just 9 mo after we had built our house (which we dumped almost all of our savings into but in now way overbuilt our means) and ... Read More »

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