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Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Pay Off Debt and Raise Your Credit Score

We’re knee deep into tax season and if you’ve played your cards right you should be expecting your refund some time in the next few weeks, assuming you’ve filed your returns already. So what should you do with your newfound windfall? Take a vacation? Make a down payment on a new car? Or, perhaps something smarter? Here are several other options to help you spend your tax refund a little more wisely.

3 Big Reasons to Avoid Payday Loans

Payday loans are short-term cash loans based on expected future wage earnings. These loans are often very easy to get, but extremely difficult to pay off. Here are three big reasons to avoid payday loans, and alternatives to payday loans for you to consider first.

Credit Reporting Overhaul Agreement Will Bring Massive Changes In Credit Reporting

In one of the largest industry overhauls in more than a decade, the three credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and Trans Union — will change the way they handle credit report errors and disputes, unpaid medical bills and more. John Ulzheimer, credit expert for CreditSesame.com, breaks it down and explains exactly what this overhaul entails.

6 Quick Tips for Boosting Your Tax Refund

While a tax refund of any amount is welcome news, landing the biggest one you’re entitled to is even better. Read on for six quick tips for boosting your tax refund.

Your One Way Ticket to Jail, the Credit Privacy Number

If you’re wondering what a Credit Privacy Number (CPN) is, and whether or not it can legally be used to escape a bad credit history, read on. John Ulzheimer, credit expert for Credit Sesame, explains what you need to know about CPNs as well as a word of warning if you’re thinking about using one.

Tax Identity Theft: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Tax Refund

For identity thieves, tax time is harvest time. It’s like the holiday season for retailers, and where many thieves make the bulk of their yearly earnings. Here’s a look at just how big of a problem tax identity theft is, why it’s growing, and what you need to know to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

National Consumer Protection Week: A Guide to Your Rights & Consumer Protections

National Consumer Protection Week happens each year during the first week of March, and is a national effort coordinated at the local, state and federal level to educate consumers about their rights so that they can make better decisions when it comes to finances, health, privacy, technology and more. In support of National Consumer Protection

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