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  • How to Get and Use a Virtual Card Number

    04/21/2021
    Not all card issuers offer virtual card numbers, but a few of them do, including Capital One, Citi, and Netspend.1To get a virtual card number for your Netspend Account, sign in to your Online Account Center to create your temporary number. You'll select which prepaid card you want to link to the virtual card number.
  • 7 Easy Ways to Master Your Money in 2021

    04/08/2021
    It's always a great time to learn how to master your money and take control of your finances. With these seven simple steps, we'll show you how to save and invest more while reducing your expenses so you can work toward achieving your short- and long-term financial goals in 2021. Some of them only take a few minutes to set up.
  • Common Audit Notices and What They Mean for your Taxes

    03/25/2021
    We've all heard horror stories about IRS tax audits, but is it really as scary as it seems? The fact is that most audits are automated and less intrusive than you realize, with most of them rectified by simply verifying some basic info. While audits shouldn't be ignored, they don't have to rule your life.
  • Truth or Scam: Protect Yourself from Fraud

    02/24/2021
    A new report released by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners revealed fraud cases are on the rise. In “November 2020, 79% of respondents said they saw an increase in the overall level of fraud”, which steadily rose throughout 2020. This is thought to be in part due to COVID-19 and the resulting financial hardships that people are facing.
  • Your Guide to the 1099-MISC Tax Form

    02/24/2021
    Even if you have a professional do your taxes, it's a smart move to become familiar with all of the paperwork needed to file a proper tax return. One of the forms that may be new to you this year is a 1099-MISC. A common tax form for self-employed workers, a 1099-MISC is an essential measure of your income for the year. Here's what you should know about the 1099-MISC tax form before you file your tax returns.
  • Paying with Your Digital Wallet or Phone: What You Need to Know

    11/24/2020
    If you've shopped your favorite store lately, you may have noticed signs letting you know that you can now pay with your phone. With this method of payment growing in popularity, even smaller shops are getting in on the trend. What should you know about using your phone or digital wallet to pay? Here are the basics, along with the perks you can get when you make the switch.
  • How to Spot and Avoid Unemployment Scams

    09/29/2020
    Over the past few months, millions of people have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many Americans are applying for unemployment benefits and are struggling to find work. Sadly, with so many people applying for benefits, unemployment scams are rife and hard to avoid.
  • Your Guide to Filing for Unemployment Benefits

    09/01/2020
    When you lose your job or have your hours reduced, it can create a great deal of stress in an already difficult time. Even if you're not making any money, your monthly bills still need to get paid. While you're looking for a new job, unemployment benefits provide temporary income to help cover your monthly expenses. This unemployment benefits guide will help you understand what they are, who is eligible, and how to easily set up direct deposit to receive your benefits each month. Also, we cover the recent changes to unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19.
  • What You Can Learn if You’ve Been Scammed

    05/14/2020
    Being scammed can feel like having your home invaded. Your trust level goes down, and you are determined not to let it happen again. If you've been a victim of a scam, there are valuable lessons that can be learned. Here are a few examples of what you can do to prevent being scammed in the future:
  • Why Prepaid Cards and Gift Cards Are Not the Same

    01/08/2020
    Over the years, both prepaid cards and gift cards have evolved to be more consumer friendly. They now come with a variety of features that are designed to make them a great payment method for the consumer. However, before you decide to load money onto either of these payment options, it's important to know the difference between these two cards.
  • Pro Tip: How to Pay with Your Digital Wallet

    12/17/2019
    Going digital has certainly changed the way we listen to music and watch TV, so it should come as no surprise that it’s changed the way we pay for things too. Now you can make purchases using what’s called your digital wallet. And don’t worry, if you’re not really sure what a digital wallet is or how to use it, we’ll get to all that and more.
  • Popular Scams of 2019 & How to Avoid Them

    11/04/2019
    Phishing, Nigerian letter fraud, and ransomware are scamming tactics that have been used for years, but they’re capturing new victims through an ever-increasing degree of sophistication. This year, phishing – an attempt to get your sensitive information through seemingly trustworthy electronic communications – accounted for 90% of all data breaches, having grown by 65% in just 12 months.
  • 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Financial Goals

    08/22/2019
    If you've decided that it's time to work on setting goals that will help you achieve more financial balance and financial security, you deserve a hearty pat on the back. It's time to take more control of your finances and start dictating more of your future, but before you're off to the races, take the time to understand what constitutes a reasonable goal that will yield the results you want. Here are five mistakes you should avoid when setting financial goals.
  • Insights from the Netspend Income Volatility Report

    05/21/2019
    May 29, 2019 -- More Americans are grappling with unpredictable incomes. What’s more, they’re doing so without additional support from employers or the financial services industry at large. In surveying more than 2,700 Americans, Netspend found approximately one in five individuals dealt with monthly income fluctuations. However, only 6% of respondents said their employers provide tools to help mitigate financial instability.
  • 10 Tax Mistakes that Could Cost You

    12/11/2017
    This is a preview of a post from the Liberty Tax blog. The views expressed within the blog are those of Liberty Tax and do not necessarily represent or reflect the view of Netspend®, MetaBank®, or Association. For the entire post, please click here.Most people wish to be done with their taxes as quickly and easily as possible, but filling out your forms too quickly increases the chances of you making a mistake. Making an error on your forms could mean the difference between receiving a tax refund and owing additional taxes. That’s why the folks over at Liberty Tax have put together the top 10 most common mistakes people make when filing their taxes.
  • Setting Financial Goals: A Guide to What Should be Included

    09/12/2017
    Everyone wants to be able to enjoy financial peace of mind, but achieving that goal can be difficult, especially when it seems like there is always a new financial fire to be put out. A medical bill or unexpected car repair can be enough to put you behind and make achieving financial stability seem like a dream. The key is to set certain goals and continue to work toward them even in the face of setbacks. The big questions then become: what goals should be on your list and how should they be prioritized?
  • 7 Ways to Pay Less in Taxes

    03/06/2017
    Everybody wants to pay less taxes, and with good planning throughout the year, you can make it happen. You can reduce your taxable income, help yourself, and help others. It’s easier than you may think.
  • Prepaid Cards 101

    01/12/2017
    The views expressed within the blog do not represent or reflect the view of MetaBank® , National Association, or Association.