IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters; Reminds People to Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes this Summer

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Involving Bogus Certified Letters; Reminds People to Remain Vigilant Against Scams, Schemes this Summer

IR-2017-107, June 15, 2017 WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today warned people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details. In the latest twist, the scammer claims to be from the IRS and tells the victim about two…

9 Questions To Ask About Student Loans Before You Graduate

9 Questions To Ask About Student Loans Before You Graduate

It may not be your first priority, but preparing to repay your student loans should be on your pre-graduation to-do list. How you manage your student loan payments will shape your finances for decades to come, so know what you’re dealing with before you get swept up in the day-to-day demands of post-graduate life. There are a handful of legitimate ways you can make your student loan payments more affordable, but it’s very likely you’ll come across…

What to do After the Tax-Filing Deadline

What to do After the Tax-Filing Deadline

WASHINGTON — Tax day has come and gone for most people, but some taxpayers may still be dealing with their taxes. The IRS offers these tips for handling some typical after-tax-day issues: Didn’t File by April 18? There is no penalty for filing a late return after the tax deadline if the taxpayer receives a refund. Penalties and interest only accrue on unfiled returns if taxes are not paid by April 18. Anyone who did…

Tax Time Draws Near

Tax Time Draws Near

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers that while more than 90 percent of federal tax refunds are issued in 21 days or less, some refunds may take longer. Many factors can affect the timing of a refund after the IRS receives the return. Also, taxpayers should take into consideration the time it takes a financial institution to post the refund to an account or for it to arrive in the mail. Taxpayers eager to know…

Taxes Done? The Perfect Time to Contact a Tax Pro.

Taxes Done? The Perfect Time to Contact a Tax Pro.

Taxes Done? By the time most of us finish our taxes, we don’t want to think about them again for a long while. However, that’s exactly what financially savvy taxpayers do! By taking a look at your tax situation before the year is over, you can take advantage of every legal means to reduce the amount you’ll pay in taxes next year. If you know in advance of looming life changes, events such as marriage,…

Stick to Your Holiday Budget

Stick to Your Holiday Budget

Holiday Budgeting and Spending…. Depending on which source you choose to get the numbers, the average American shopper is estimated to spend anywhere  between $737 and $1000 in that vague, ambiguous category we label as “holiday spending” for the 2014 season. While there’s no easy solution to the budgeting process for the holiday season, there are some steps we can follow in order to keep that spending in line.  Much of this should happen WELL…

Mapping Your Future: The Cost of Higher Education

Mapping Your Future: The Cost of Higher Education

College is expensive. Most parents, when faced with that first year of college tuition payments cringe at the thought.  One significant way parents can ease those painful costs is with available tax credits. An education credit reduces the amount of tax owed on your tax return.  If the credit reduces your tax to less than zero, you may even receive a refund.   There are two education credits available: the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning…

Business of the Month!

Business of the Month!

Barb Lanis My Home Funds/1st Advantage Mortgage www.myhomefunds.com My mission is to provide you with exceptional customer service. As a partner with you in the home financing process, I will provide you with updated market information and a variety of lending programs to meet your individual needs. In addition, I am committed to keeping you informed throughout the loan process, and am here to answer questions, explain options and eliminate hassles and worry along the…

Don’t Blow Off the IRS!

Don’t Blow Off the IRS!

With the pending tax deadline literally just around the corner, be sure you know and understand all the available options to you regarding tax filing and payments to the IRS.  The United States Federal Government tends to frown (severely) on those who completely blow off their imposed tax deadline. It’s best to let the IRS know about your situation before you determine you just can’t and won’t file and pay your taxes. Of course you…

Business Of the Month!

Business Of the Month!

Jaffe Architectural Group is a leading edge specialist in custom residential architecture. The Chicago-based firm’s designs combine the clean, spare lines of Modernism with the grace, proportion and scale typically associated with classical architecture. The design philosophy of the firm is a reflection of its founder and owner, Lisa Jaffe, who draws upon her vast collective expertise gleaned from observation, travel and a stellar academic career to render homes that best suit the lifestyles of their owners….



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