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FREE Tax Preparation for Some Kansas City Residents
KC CASH offers about 20 Free Tax Preparation Sites
by Sarah Cousineau

KC CASH (Creating Assets Savings & Hope) is broad-based Kansas City coalition of organizations, businesses and government groups, from across the metro area.  Through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, KC CASH is offering free tax preparation of federal and state returns to low- and moderate-income working families in the Kansas City metro area.  Click here to see the KC CASH VITA sites for Tax Year 2012 (the 2013 filing season).  Read on for more details and requirements. 

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What to do with your tax refund....
by Sarah Cousineau and cfed

While everyone has different circumstances when it comes to covering basic needs, paying off debt, and saving money, here is a guideline for dividing up your tax refund from cfed, a non-profit organization that empowers households to build and preserve assets.  Click here for the full story with the guidelines of 60-30-10. 
 

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Federal Checks Will Soon Go Direct
The deadline for setting up electronic payments for federal checks is approaching
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If you are receiving checks by mail for VA, Social Security, other federal benefits or nontax payments, you should know that you will soon be required to switch to electronic payments. The U.S. Department of the Treasury is mandating that this change take place before March 1, 2013. People applying for new benefits will need to use e-payments from the get-go, so it is important to learn what they entail before applying.
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Cash or Credit Cards
Should your small business accept credit cards or stick to cash only?
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According to the National Federation of Independent Business, “Many small businesses choose to be cash-only businesses to avoid credit card processing fees.” However, the number of companies that take only cash are becoming fewer and fewer in today’s economy. Whether to accept major credit cards or stick to cash-only business is a choice only the business owner can make. Here are some tips to help.
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Five SUV Alternatives
Fuel efficiency and driving dynamics in vehicles that don’t sacrifice cargo space
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The car-buying public often dreams of the versatility, all-terrain capabilities, seating and cargo space afforded by sport utility vehicles but can also be made skittish by the poor fuel economy and perhaps even the sheer size of SUVs.
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Boosting your Health with Supplements
Avoid potential risks when using natural remedies

Many Americans looking for a health boost are seeking out supplements. Whether they’re herbal remedies or vitamins, supplements offer a mixed bag. In some cases they have proven benefits — in other instances the science behind them is murky at best.
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