Direct Deposit Your Tax Refund

As much fun as it is to hold your tax refund check in your hands and rub them together with glee, direct deposit is a simpler and faster method of receiving your refund. It may be safer as well. Not only will you be spared the possibility of someone stealing your check out of the…
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What Is A Debt-to-Income Ratio?

When lenders evaluate your mortgage loan application, one of the most important numbers they will look at is your Debt-to-Income (DTI) ratio. It is a strong indicator of your ability to repay mortgage debt, and therefore how much risk you pose to the lender. DTI allows a lender to look at a basic risk factor…
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How To Retrieve Your IRS Identity Protection PIN

Last year was a difficult one for the IRS with respect to security issues, and the agency is determined to improve security during this year’s filing. Electronic filing is particularly vulnerable because of the speed of the process — it is a favorite method among thieves who steal information from taxpayers and file fraudulent tax…
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How To Recognize The Signs Of Tax Identity Theft

Tax filing season is upon us. Soon you will be filing your paperwork and perhaps receiving a nice check — unless thieves file a return in your name first and falsely claim your refund. Unfortunately, if a thief has your Social Security number and other relevant information, tax identity theft is very hard to prevent.…
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9 Audit Red Flags That Will Get You Audited By The IRS

What two words cause the most panic to Americans? There are probably a hundred funny responses running through your mind right now, but we were thinking of a less humorous response: “IRS audit.” Your odds of avoiding an audit are usually pretty good. The IRS reviewed 1.23 million tax returns in 2015, resulting in an…
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