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How to Get and Use a Virtual Card Number

Posted 1 week ago

Not all card issuers offer virtual card numbers, but a few of them do, including Capital One, Citi, and Netspend.1 To 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. Once your […]

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7 Easy Ways to Master Your Money in 2021

Posted 3 weeks ago

  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 […]

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Common Audit Notices and What They Mean for your Taxes

Posted 1 month ago

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. […]

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Your Guide to the 1099-MISC Tax Form

Posted 2 months ago

  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 […]

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Truth or Scam: Protect Yourself from Fraud

Posted 2 months ago

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 […]

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The Benefits of Direct Deposit and How to Set it Up

Posted 3 months ago

  No one wants to schlep to work on their day off to pick up a paycheck or wait for it to arrive in the mail, especially when you’ve got bills to pay. But there’s another way to get paid that’s better and faster1 than an old-fashioned paper check — direct deposit. Once you’re signed […]

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Paying with Your Digital Wallet or Phone: What You Need to Know

Posted 5 months ago

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 […]

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How to Spot and Avoid Unemployment Scams

Posted 7 months ago

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. In Washington state alone, $300 million was […]

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Your Guide to Filing for Unemployment Benefits

Posted 8 months ago

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 […]

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What You Need to Know About ChexSystems and Early Warning Services

Posted 11 months ago

Can’t get a checking or savings account? You might be in the ChexSystems or Early Warning Services databases which are used by banks to determine whether to let you open a savings or checking account. These are two of the primary Bank Account Screening Consumer Reporting Agencies. What is a Bank Account Screening Consumer Reporting […]

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What You Can Learn if You’ve Been Scammed

Posted 12 months ago

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 […]

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Why Prepaid Cards and Gift Cards Are Not the Same

Posted 1 year ago

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 […]

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Pro Tip: How to Pay with Your Digital Wallet

Posted 1 year ago

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 […]

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Popular Scams of 2019 & How to Avoid Them

Posted 1 year ago

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 […]

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Financial Goals

Posted 2 years ago

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 […]