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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launch Identity Theft website

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Information and Technology announced the launch of a new website (www.va.gov/identitytheft) that has identity theft resources for Veterans. Click here to read entire article.

For more information, please go to: www.va.gov//identitytheft



MyFreeTaxes

MyFreeTaxesVeterans and active duty military can join millions of their fellow Americans and save money at tax time. MyFreeTaxes provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance both online and in person for qualified individuals and families earning $58,000 or less. MyFreeTaxes.com is the only free online tax preparation and filing service available in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., allowing users to file both a federal and state return no matter where they live. Learn more at myfreetaxes.com/ArmyOneSource.

These cities have an IRS certified tax coach onsite in a Veterans organization to assist Service members, Veterans and their Family members with preparing their own taxes through MyFreeTaxes.

  • Washington DC – VA Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center
  • Dallas, TX – Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center
  • Atlanta, GA – Ft. McPherson Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center
  • Nashville, TN - Operation Stand Down
  • Detroit, MI – VA Hospital & Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center
  • Jacksonville, FL – City of Jax Department of Military Affairs & Veterans Services
  • Chicago, IL – Workforce Centers promoting through Veterans staff
  • Los Angeles, CA – Workforce Centers promoting through Veterans staff

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WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is partnering with the Defense Department to create better awareness of programs and protections available to servicemembers with college debt, after a report that says many servicemembers are encountering problems accessing the benefits.

By Alana Golden for CAFLM, on July 30th, 2012

The IRS issued the following alert related to a phishing scam tartgeting the military.

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees. The email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email address.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 – A redesigned program for service members separating from the military will help veterans better apply the experience they’ve gained in uniform, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

President Barack Obama announced the revamped program, called “Transition GPS,” in a speech yesterday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Reno, Nev.

"I applaud the leadership of President Obama to bring together government agencies around the goal of enhancing career opportunities for service members," Panetta said in a statement. "Our personnel have developed extraordinary technical expertise and world-class leadership skills that are in high demand. Transition GPS will help military members apply their experience to additional training, formal education, and develop successful civilian careers."

Transition GPS is the first major overhaul of the military’s Transition Assistance Program in nearly 20 years, White House officials said. TAP was developed by an interagency team from the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Labor, Education and Homeland Security, as along with the Office of Personnel and Management and the Small Business Administration.

Recent military veterans will have top priority for jobs under a federal program to put more police officers on patrol on America's streets

Under the Justice Department's COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program, 629 of the 800 police jobs funded for the next three years – all the newly hired officers – must go to veterans who served at least 180 days' active duty since 9/11. This is the first time the 18-year-old COPS program has required cities and counties seeking grants to hire veterans exclusively.

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Before You Sell Your Electronics, Safeguard Your Personal Information!

By Jason McGlone- Director, Advertising Review – July 26, 2013
Posted in: Advertising, Alerts/Scams, National

The market for used and refurbished electronics is understandably huge; it’s often a really good way to get a gadget for less than full price. What’s more, you can still stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest in tablets, cellphones and computers.

Whether you’re selling or buying used or refurbished electronics, you’ll want to be thoughtful when it comes to personal information. It’s vital to safeguard your personal information and to be sensitive of others’, as well. If you don’t you could risk embarrassment at best and identity theft at worst.

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Moving to a New Home? Avoid Rip-Off ‘Change My Address’ Services

By Katie Burgoyne – July 25, 2013
Posted in: Consumer/Business Services, Moving Services, National, Real Estate, Sales, Scam

 Many tasks need to be completed when you move. One of the easiest and most essential chores is changing your mailing address. The smartest way to do this is to go to your local post office in person, or by visiting the official United States Postal Service website. But because we are creatures of habit living in a technology-driven age, people often turn to their favorite search engine for all their needs.

Herb Weisbaum, the ConsumerMan, contributed a report to CNBC warning consumers of potential pitfalls in relying upon “change my address” Google searches. Results list the official USPS website, along with a slew of privately run businesses. These private companies offer to complete the change of address process for you, but at a cost anywhere from $17 to $24 to cover fees (postage, handling, mailing, etc.) There have been hundreds of complaints regarding these private services, in part because of the hidden fees that are charged.

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World Law Debt puts consumers in a world of financial trouble

By Charles Wood – July 26, 2013
Posted in: Alerts/Scams, Consumer/Business Services
Better Business Bureau

BBB warns public about potential credit damage from Texas-based company

World Law Debt tells consumers it can reduce the amount they owe and help pay down debt. But, Better Business Bureau discovered the company’s practices often get consumers into legal trouble and drive them further into debt.

As of July 24, 2013, BBB has 34 reportable complaints for World Law Debt on its BBB Business Review. The company did not respond to 17 complaints and failed to resolve eight. Complainants allege they paid monthly fees into an account to be used to pay down their debt. No communication was made with creditors and large upfront fees were removed from the account. Some consumers further allege they were pursued by collection agencies and in some cases sued by their creditors as a result.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has information listed and resources available specifically for Service Members, Veterans and their Families. Resources include how to protect your finances and planning for your future.  

For more information, please go to: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/servicemembers/additionalresources/



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