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Preventing Tax Return Fraud

Patricia Hartley | February 8, 2017

You work hard for your money (cue Donna Summer tune from 1983...) and you (and/or your spouse, accountant, tax service, accounting major nephew, etc.) work even harder to make sure you get to keep as much of that money as possible after paying taxes.

Don't let a devious cybercriminal make it all for nothing. Our friends at NerdWallet have compiled the following up-to-the-minute advice for keeping fraudsters at bay this tax season.

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Topics: Financial Fitness

10 Ways to Foil Cyberfraudsters

Patricia Hartley | February 1, 2017

Cybercrime dominated the headlines in 2016.  From the political accusations of foreign hacking to major hacks and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, the far-reaching and ever-evolving activities of cybercriminals grabbed the national spotlight.

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Topics: Banking and Technology

What's the BEST Way to Save? (Part Two)

Patricia Hartley | January 18, 2017

Last week we talked about the variety of accounts that will safely store (and potentially grow) your hard-earned savings: traditional savings, money markets, Christmas clubs, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and certificates of deposit (CDs).

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Topics: Financial Fitness

What's the BEST Way to Save? (Part One)

Patricia Hartley | January 11, 2017

OK, so the title of this blog may be a trick question. Here's why...

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Topics: Financial Fitness

Tips to Avoid Online Fraud During the Holidays

Patricia Hartley | December 13, 2016

Every year, millions of consumers fall victim to cybercrime. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, in 2014, consumers lost more than $800 million from scams initiated through the web...and the holidays are a prime time for fraud.  We originally published this blog in June, but it's worth repeating during the busiest and most distracted month of the year.

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Topics: Banking and Technology

Santa Is Real, But THESE Are Totally Fake

Patricia Hartley | December 6, 2016

 

It's the first week of December, and most of us are already knee-deep in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But while we're perpetually preoccupied with holiday shopping, tree-trimming, and cookie-baking, cyber criminals are laser-focused on taking advantage of our distraction.

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Topics: Financial Fitness

Why Every Small Business Needs a Support Team

Patricia Hartley | November 29, 2016

 

An accountant, an attorney and a banker.  

These are the three critical relationships every small business needs to secure to ensure success.  But how do you know you've chosen the right one?

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Topics: Banking and Technology

Why We're Thankful

Patricia Hartley | November 22, 2016

Family, friends, our health, a roof over our heads and a meal on our table...it's not difficult to come up with reasons we are thankful this holiday season. At Bank Independent, our Helping Hands program reminds us throughout the year of not only these blessings, but also those in our community who may not share them.

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Topics: Community Insights

Why Things Will Look Up When You Downsize

Patricia Hartley | November 15, 2016

Ahhh...the empty nest.  At first, it's bliss. You finally have privacy!  You no longer have to stock the fridge with pizza rolls! Your laundry and dishwashing tasks are cut in half!  Soon, though, you notice that your voice is echoing through the empty halls and your spare rooms are growing spider webs.  Is it time to consider downsizing?

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Topics: Financial Fitness

Is Fall the Best Time to Buy a House?

Patricia Hartley | November 8, 2016

Sometimes it's smarter to buy certain items according to the season, like sweaters near the end of  winter and swimsuits in late summer. But what's the best season for buying a house?

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Topics: Financial Fitness

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