Say Good-Bye to Tax Refund Loans.

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 … 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 … 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, … Read more

H&R Block Gets Cut Off on Funding For Refund Anticipation Loans

Bob Lawless over at Credit Slips is reporting an interesting development that tosses a wrench in the gears for H&R Block and their continued promotion of Refund Anticipation Loans for people that believe they will get a tax refund. Lawless said in his post: I used to think of these firms as tax preparers with … Read more