Posted on February 12, 2015

With the exception of stores in a handful of states, tax filers at Jackson Hewitt stores will be able to get a small advance on their federal refund in 2015.

Online, Jackson Hewitt says that those with a refund due of at least $1,000 can potentially qualify for a $200 advance. I say potentially because it does appear that the company intends to vet their applicants. At our local store, though, the story was slightly different. The refund has now grown to $500 with the condition that approved filers are due at least $1,500. 

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Posted on February 6, 2015

People ask me all the time "what's a good prepaid card?" In my opinion, these are the best offerings out there right now.

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Posted on February 4, 2015

Industry associates tied to prepaid cards want the CFPB to extend the comment time for the proposed rule. The House Financial Services Committee seems to have the same idea.

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Posted on February 2, 2015

Green Dot has credit in its sights. But Wall Street isn't impressed.

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Posted on January 30, 2015

Reviewing how banks differ in how they share your private information.

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Posted on January 29, 2015

I called the phone number on one of those no-name signs emblazoned with the words "tax refund" and "now." I found Refundo.

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Posted on January 23, 2015

How do intentions announced from the Obama administration, which if enacted would reduce or eliminate benefits from 529 plans, fit into an agenda of supporting the middle class?

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