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Tax Filing Tips and Tax Credits

Keep Your Tax Refund. Don't Give It Away! Lots of money flows at tax time. And everyone wants a piece of it. Be smart and keep all of your refund. Here are our simple tips for holding onto your hard-earned money. CONTENTS Tip #1: Say "No" to money advances: rapid refunds, "Money Now" loans, and other "fast money" products. Tip #2: Use free t more...

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Energy Assistance

Each state runs a program that helps households with low incomes buy fuel for heating or cooling.  Often the same agency will help with things like weatherization and applicance replacement.  More states are now creating their own programs for making homes more energy efficient.  And the federal government is offering tax credits toward the same goals.  Here are some links to help you track down energy assistance resources in your state. LIHEAP - Low-Incom more...

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Food Supplements (formerly Food Stamps)

What are Food Supplements?  You and your family may qualify for this benefit, even if you have too much money to qualify for other programs. You are given a card (like a debit card) to use when you buy food. (Some states may still use paper “stamps” or may have a different program name.) Your card is credited with monthly payments. The federal government also calls this SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). What can I buy with Food Supplements? more...

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Medicaid Overview

What is Medicaid? Every state runs a Medicaid program although it may be called something else. For example, California has Medi-Cal; Maine has MaineCare. This program provides health insurance for those who can least afford it.  The coverage is very comprehensive - including doctors visits, hospital care, dental care, prescriptions and mental health care. How to I apply?  Contact your more...

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TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families)

What is TANF? TANF provides a basic monthly income to families who have few other resources. The program used to be called AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children). It may be called something else in your state. A Social Services office in each state runs this program. TANF is a cash benefit. This means that you get money to spend as you choose , unlike food supplements, which limit what you can buy. more...

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