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3 tips to help you make the most of your tax refund

For many people, making ends meet throughout the year is tough, and saving regularly may seem unrealistic. If you’re getting a tax refund, why not consider saving some of it to build an emergency fund or start a nest egg? Whatever your savings goal, now is a great time to start.

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Here’s why you should open a savings account for your kids

Parents often want to open accounts for their children, to help them learn about saving for the future and managing their money. And young people often go to a bank to open an account when they get their first job and start earning money. However, when trying to open an account for a child under age 18, some people run into roadblocks.

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You’ve got goals for your life—and some of them take money to achieve

Goals, whether long term or short term, usually cost money to accomplish. That means when you have a life goal, you probably have a financial goal, too. Life goals—and financial goals—can be small or large, short-term or long-term. Helping consumers reach their own goals is an important part of our mission. Whatever your goals are, here are a few steps that can help you reach them.

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4 elements define personal financial well-being

We want to help people improve their financial lives, so we want to help them set goals that can make a real difference, and work toward them. That’s why we talked to consumers across the country, to hear what they had to say about financial well-being and what it means to them. You can see what we learned in our report on financial well-being.

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Tax season is here

In the next few months most U.S. households will be filing their tax returns. The holidays are over and it’s worth taking a few minutes now to think ahead to the tax filing season. You may have options you haven’t thought about before.

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Evaluating ways to promote regular saving habits among prepaid card users

We believe that consumers are more likely to save if they have access to the right tools. Today, we’re announcing that, as part of Project Catalyst, we’ll be working with American Express to evaluate practices to promote regular saving habits among prepaid card users.

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Getting a grip on income tax season

With the beginning of the New Year comes income tax season—that time between late January and April 15 when almost all American households have to file a tax return. It’s not too early to get a grip on your taxes.

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Tax time is the perfect time to save

This post is part of a series for National Consumer Protection Week Filing taxes doesn’t have to be the worst. For some, tax time can offer an opportunity to set some money aside for goals or a rainy day. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit for low to moderate income […]

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Meet Greg from Michigan

Since we launched on July 21st 2011, we’ve heard directly from consumers about the challenges they face in the marketplace, brought their concerns to the attention of financial institutions, and helped address their complaints. Accepting, resolving, and analyzing consumer complaints is an integral part of our work. This week, we’ll be featuring stories from consumers […]

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Pushing forward on the CFPB’s financial aid comparison tool

This past year, we’ve been working with the Department of Education on a project to help colleges provide clear and comparable financial aid information. Over the course of that project, we learned that more standard information could spur the innovation of apps and digital tools to allow students to better understand their decision to take […]

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Empowering America’s consumers

Last week, I joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as Assistant Director of the Office of Financial Empowerment, which is part of our Division of Consumer Education and Engagement. We share a common goal with our colleagues across the Bureau: to protect and empower all consumers. The Office of Financial Empowerment has a special focus […]

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Educating and empowering American consumers

There are certain occasions in everyone’s life when one decision can have long-lasting effects. How will you pay for college? Which mortgage should you choose? Where will you turn when you need credit? When will you start saving for retirement? How you answer these questions and others like them can profoundly impact your financial future. […]