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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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How To Reduce The Impact Of The Social Security Tax Increase

At the end of 2012, President Obama increased the Social Security Tax by 2% - meaning that your take-home paychecks in 2013 are less than they once were.  The move happened without much fanfare, but many Americans have been wondering what they can do to counter the loss of income.

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Source: 401K2013 via flickr
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Free Tax Preparation For Qualifying Northwestern Wisconsin Residents

Residents who live in Northwestern Wisconsin and meet certain income guidelines can get free tax preparation help from the Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, Inc.

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Obama’s News Taxes Expected To Hurt The Restaurant Industry In A Major Way

Observers close to the food and restaurant industry are watching their bottom line shrink, with profits expected to be lost due to new taxes that went into effect on January 1st.  With Obamacare putting a halt to hiring and forcing some managers to cut staff and hours, the industry was already forecasting a pale 2013.  But now with the reversal of the payroll tax holiday that eats an additional 2% from employees take-home check, the companies and supervisors that manage the nations biggest restaurant chains are fearful for what that will mean for their bottom line.  Rising gas prices don't help, either.

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Source:  401K2012 via flickr
Source: 401K2012 via flickr
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Volunteers Needed To Provide Tax Prepation Services In Northwestern Wisconsin

The Tax Assistance Program in Northwestern Wisconsin is looking for volunteers to staff their free tax return services in the coming tax year.  Prior experience is preferred, but not necessary;  Training is provided.  The agency is also looking for greeters and interviewers as well.

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Not So Fast: Obama’s Spending Plans Will Raise Middle Class Taxes According To Watchdog Group

It may have sounded good in theory, but a non-partisan watchdog group has released their findings that Obama's pledge to not raise taxes on the middle class doesn't hold water.
A new study by Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum finds that President Barack Obama's spending plan would raise taxes on the middle class

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Source: Northfielder via flickr
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Take Part in Duluth City Government; City Finance Forum Set For Tuesday November 6th

The 2013 budget for the City of Duluth is being locked in and this is your chance to make your concerns heard.  Join Mayor Don Ness at a forum to discuss the cities finances.

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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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Source: florriebassingbourn via flickr
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Shred-A-Thon Event Helps Destroy And Recycle Your Old Papers And Documents

It's a safety issue.  If you have old papers, receipts, bank statements, medical records, checks, tax returns, etc - you shouldn't just throw them in the trash -- they need to be shredded to prevent criminals from obtaining your personal information

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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Prince Runs Into Tax Trouble With IRS

I'm going to take what I'm sure is an  unpopular view on this story and defend Prince. Songwriters, musicians, actors etc. are just that. Their call in life is to perform and entertaine period. If you asked Prince (or any other major star) what his net worth is, or what he owes in taxes, he wouldn't have a clue. What he would do is make an appointment with his  managers, and accountants to find out.

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Low Tax Rate, Refund For Obama

I thought that millionaires were supposed to pay more in taxes?  Barack Obama's tax returns are public information and inquiring eyes have noticed two things:  His effective tax rate is lower than the 30% he proposes and he's also getting a very large tax refund!

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7 Red Flags For Government Audit

I'm busy finishing my taxes and looking for anything that will help me. I read that most people don't turn in their taxes till the last few days, so if you are like me and still working on them. Here's some tips.

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