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IRS Scams for 2020

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Each year, the IRS publishes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of tax scams most prevalent during that year’s tax season. This year, with COVID-19 pushing off the federal tax deadline to July 15, the IRS held off publishing the list until early July, and of course it’s loaded with COVID-19-related scams.

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My Savings Has Been Wiped Clean; How Can I Replenish it?

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Q: The last few months have been really tough on my finances, and I’ve been forced to use my savings for getting by. I’d like to start building these up again, but it’s all so overwhelming. Where do I begin?

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Beware Back-to-School Tuition Scams

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Back-to-school season means a flurry of shopping — and scams. As you get ready for school, look out for these scams targeting college students and parents of private school students that tend to peak before the start of the school year.

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Watch Out for These Scams as the Country Moves Toward Reopening

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As the country moves forward and adapts to the new realities, scammers aren’t far behind. Watch out for these trending scams as the country reopens.

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Debt Paydown: Snowball vs Avalanche Method

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Debt is the ultimate killjoy. It can destroy a budget, make long-term financial planning impossible, and shadow every purchase you make with guilt. No one wants to live with that debt burden. But how do you kiss your debt goodbye?

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Beware Unemployment Scams

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When there’s bad news, the scammers aren’t far behind. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Americans have lost a collective $13.4 million to coronavirus-related fraud since the beginning of 2020, and unemployment scams have contributed their fair share to the loss.

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Should I Take the Zero-Percent Financing Offered by the Dealer?

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Q: I’m in the market for a new set of wheels, and I’ve seen some dealers advertising zero-percent financing. Should I take this offer?

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How Should I Spend My Stimulus Check?

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The $1,200 granted to most middle class adults is a welcome relief during these financially trying times. Many recipients may be wondering: What is the best way to use this money?

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5 COVID-19 Scams to Watch Out For

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Scammers are taking advantage of the fear of COVID-19. Here are a few scams to watch out for.

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Watch Out For Spring Cleaning Scams

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If you plan on calling in professionals to help you with your spring cleaning tasks, you may be targeted by one of the many scams that are rampant this time of year. Below, we’ve listed four of the most prevalent scams to watch out for this season. Stay safe!

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