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How Equifax’s Catastrophic Security Breach Could Affect YOU

Portions of this articles were drawn from Consumer.ftc.gov, Irs.gov and Equifax.com

The Equifax data breach exposed the information of nearly half the population of the United States. There is a greater than normal likelihood your data is now in hackers’ hands.  Unfortunately, in addition to long wait times when calling, another  problem in the Equifax dispute is that you have to check with the company to find out if your data was exposed, and that means providing them with even … Continue reading »

Credit Card ID Theft: How to Protect Your Cards (Part 3)

From the IRS website: 

Credit Card Loss or Fraudulent Charges Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, your liability for unauthorized use of your credit card tops out at $50. However, if you report the loss before your credit card is used, the FCBA says you are not responsible for any charges you didn’t authorize. If your credit card number is stolen, but not the card, you are not liable for unauthorized use.

ATM or Debit Card Loss or Fraudulent TransfersContinue reading »

Tax-Related ID Theft & What To Do (Part 2)

From the IRS website: 

What is Tax-Related Identity Theft?

It’s when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.  You may be unaware that this has happened until you efile your return and discover that a return already has been filed using your SSN. Or, the IRS may send you a letter saying we have identified a suspicious return using your SSN.

Steps to Take If You Become a Victim If you are … Continue reading »

Manufacturing Apprenticeship Tax Credit

Due to the current and impending shortage of skilled craft workers in the manufacturing trades in Connecticut, corporations who employ an apprentice will be entitled to the Tax Credit for Manufacturing Apprenticeships.

Corporations claiming this tax credit must have a qualified apprenticeship training program:

  • Certified in accordance with regulations adopted by the Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Registered with theConnecticut State Apprenticeship Council

The apprenticeship program must meet the following requirements:

Changes to the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

College students need to complete the Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for any needed financial aid. Two new changes have taken affect for the new FAFSA process:

  • You can now submit the FAFSA form as early as Oct 1st., instead of the previous Jan 1 submission date.  This is not the deadline, but students who apply earlier tend to receive more aid.
  • Going forward, you can base your answers on your federal tax return from the … Continue reading »
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