Has my Financial and Personal Information Been Compromised if I used TurboTax, H&R Block or Tax Act?

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There has been a lot of publicity of late around electronic security breaches with a focus on tax software related breaches. The majority of people file their taxes electronically and with tax returns containing your most sensitive personal information it is no surprise that hacking or compromised data that leads to identity theft and other online […]

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2011 Social Security Tax Rate and Witholding – SSI Limits, Coverage, Retirement Earnings and Benefit Base Limit Changes


Updates – For 2012, the SSA has announced a 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase. For 2013, the COLA increase was 1.7%. ____________ The Social Security Administration has officially released the 2011 Social Security and SSI information against the background announcement that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase next year. The zero COLA adjustment […]

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Taxes and Social Security on $100,000 Around The World


Saw an interesting graphic in the Economist depicting the approximate amount of taxes (net of offsets) governments around the world collect on $100,000; about the middle class average income level in developed countries. This is compared to the amount of social security (or safety net) the government provides to its workers. The logical argument for […]

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Thank You American Express Fraud Protection Security Service


When checking my mail this morning, I saw an email from the American Express Account Security Group notifying me that I had received a suspect charge of $113.40. The card they were referring to was my back-up American Express Blue Cash Everyday(SM) Card from American Express card that I haven’t used it in a while […]

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5 Credit Card Security Myths and Truths – How To Protect Yourself


Credit card fraud is on the rise worldwide as we move from a paper/cash based economy to an electronic/online one. For this reason it’s important to be aware of credit card security and to protect your financial identity. Many people are not fully aware of the extent of credit card fraud, but these common myths about credit […]

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Setting a Good Online Password


With Internet fraud on the rise, it is even important to protect your online identity and information. We all have user name and password protected accounts for various services ranging from email accounts to merchant services (Amazon, eBay) to online banking, and if you are like the majority of people you use the same password […]

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Are You Using These 10 Online Financial Security Measures?


Like a number of you, I regularly get official looking emails asking me to verify my user name and password details by clicking a link which takes me to a site that looks something like my bank’s actual site. In today’s cyber-age these type of scams and phishing emails are growing and unfortunately new victims […]

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Frugal Ways to Keep Your Home Safe


Recently there has been a spate of minor burglaries in my apartment complex, which prompted my wife and I to consider getting an alarm system for our apartment. We looked into this via various on-line sites and calls to security companies in our local area and found that the costs would be about $500 to […]

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