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Fake Charities and Your Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors and promising tax writeoffs. has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, which allows people to find legitimate, qualified charities to which donations may be tax-deductible.

Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

New retirees are often eager to enjoy some of the wealth they have been accumulating for decades. There can be a temptation to buy a vacation home or timeshare in a fun location. Some retirees also make large recreational purchases, such as a boat or RV. But expensive purchases at the beginning of retirement can turn out to be a big mistake.

Are You Getting a Tax Refund?

The best way to check the status of a refund is online through the “Where’s My Refund?” tool at or via the IRS2Go phone app. You can use “Where’s My Refund?” within 24 hours after IRS has received an e-filed return or four weeks after receipt of a mailed paper return. “Where’s My Refund?” has a tracker that displays progress through three stages: (1) Return Received, (2) Refund Approved and (3) Refund Sent.

How to Beat the High Cost of Assisted Living

Arranging senior living can be challenging, emotionally taxing and expensive, particularly when a person requires senior living with personal care, such as an assisted living community, residential care home or memory care provider. Learn more about how to beat the high costs of assisted living.

Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft

For 2016, the IRS, the states and the tax industry joined together to enact new safeguards and take additional actions to combat tax-related identity theft. Many of these safeguards will be invisible to you, but invaluable to our fight against these criminals.

Turn the Tables on Telemarketers

Jolly Roger Telephone offers a bot that’s designed to waste as much of a telemarketer’s time as possible by making the caller think there’s a live human reacting to their spiel.

Missing An IRS Form 1099?

IRS Forms 1099 are those annoying little tax reports that come in the mail. They remind you that you earned interest, received a consulting fee, or were paid some other kind of income. Here’s why if you don’t receive one you expect, don’t ask for it. Just report the income.

The Fee for Not Having Health Insurance

If you can afford health insurance but choose not to buy it, you must pay a fee called the individual shared responsibility payment. You have until January 31st to sign up for health insurance and avoid the fee.

FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re headed to college this fall, one of the most important tests you’ll take happens before you even set foot on campus. It involves answering more than 100 questions on the federal college financial aid application to determine whether you are eligible to receive financial aid.

Doing Your Taxes?

W-2s and 1099s for last year will soon be arriving. So it’s not too early to start thinking about putting together your 2015 Form 1040. Here’s what you need to know about changes that could affect your return.