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How to Stop Identity Thieves From Stealing Your Tax Refund

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had targeted about 400 identity thieves across the country. The thieves were using stolen Social Security numbers to file false tax returns and then claim the refunds.

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5 Ways to Save Money on Your 2013 Taxes

It's hard to believe it's already the middle of tax season. 2013 is off to a fast clip, and unfortunately this means that Tax Day is right around the corner. You could bury your head in the sand until you hit April 14 panic mode, or this year you could give yourself a burst of energy and self-confidence knowing that you met your taxes head-on. Here are money savers to get you started:

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Surprise! Cheapest ‘Obamacare’ Policy To Cost Family of Five $20,000

Don't look now, but here comes a $20,000 shock to your wallet!

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Top 3 Smartest Ways to Use Your Tax Refund This Year

Like any sudden in-flow of cash, your tax refund presents an opportunity to spend your money wisely or foolishly.

And while it would be easy to blow the cash on fleeting fun, like a shopping spree or a slew of the latest gadgets, experts say the money would be best used to pay down debt and invest in saving plans that can help you grow your nest egg

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Obama, The Buffett Rule And Your Money: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

We cannot tax our way out of this mess, but thanks for the suggestion, Mr. Buffett.

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Should We Raise Taxes on the Wealthy to Avoid the ‘Fiscal Cliff’? [POLL]

Negotiations between President Obama and the Republican-led House of Representatives over the "fiscal cliff" are heating up. Some economists believe if a compromise isn't made by December 31 of this year, the U.S. economy could fall back into recession.

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The Ticking Time Bomb

The national debt is as much your problem as it is Washington's.

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Higher Taxes and Higher Prices Are Coming in 2013 — Dollars and Sense

Regardless of the American economy’s checkered enthusiasm, it appears as if consumers are currently aboard the fast track to higher taxes and rising prices on things like health care and grocery items scheduled to come around at the turn of the new year.

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