Vol. 2, Issue 11April 2011

Four Tips for Tax Smart Investing
Savvy investors have long realized that what their investments earn after taxes is what really counts. After factoring in federal income and capital gains taxes, the alternative minimum tax (AMT), and potential state and local taxes, your investment returns in any given year may be reduced by 40% or more. READ MORE...

How to Talk to Your Doctor
Talking honestly to your doctor, and understanding what your doctor tells you, are among the most important things you can do for your own health. It might be easier to have this conversation if you follow some advice from doctors themselves. READ MORE...

Summer Vacation Savings
Summer, the traditional vacation season, is fast approaching. As you plan your time off, take time to consider a number of ways to help stretch your vacation budget. READ MORE...

Beware the IRS Email Scam

It's that time of year again -- time for a fake email from the IRS. The email might say that you can get your refund immediately if you provide your bank information, or it might ask for some additional financial information for completing your return. Whatever the request, though, it is a fake.

The IRS very rarely sends emails, and it never asks for information via email or telephone. If the IRS wants information from you, you will get a letter.

In general, you should be very cautious about providing personal or financial information in response to email requests. Scammers can make an email look very official. Always double-check with your bank or other institution. It's better to be safe than sorry.