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SBA Approves First Six Lenders to Start Making Community Advantage Loans

SBA Approves First Six Lenders to Start Making Community Advantage Loans

Community-based, mission-focused lenders will start accepting loan applications from small business borrowers immediately. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved an initial group of six community-based, continue reading »

e-File Record; More than 100 Million e-Filed Returns So Far This Year

e-File Record; More than 100 Million e-Filed Returns So Far This Year

With the tax deadline arriving tonight, the Internal Revenue Service announced taxpayers set a record this weekend for e-filed tax returns, topping 100 million for the first time. continue reading »

Free Online Tax Filing For Low/Moderate Income Families Supported by Walmart Foundation

Free Online Tax Filing For Low/Moderate Income Families Supported by Walmart Foundation

With Tax Day looming and consumer stress levels rising, I wanted to suggest a piece on the free online tax filing and tax prep services offered by MyFreeTaxes.com. continue reading »

CFPB and Attorneys General Presidential Initiative Group Release Joint Statement of Principles

Consumer Bureau, State Attorneys General Partnership Will Help Better Protect American Consumers of Financial Products and Services from Unlawful Acts and Practices continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: Don’t Fall Prey to the 2011 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

PERSONAL FINANCE: Don’t Fall Prey to the 2011 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

Hiding income in offshore accounts, identity theft, return preparer fraud, and filing false or misleading tax forms top the annual list of “dirty dozen” tax scams in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. continue reading »

Tax Cut Calculator

Tax Cut Calculator

At the end of last year, the President signed a law that kept the 2001 and 2003 middle-class tax cuts from expiring - preventing the typical working family from facing a tax increase - and extended unemployment insurance to ensure at least 7 million Americans continue reading »

MBDA Business Center Solicitation Spring 2011

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has announced a solicitation for competitive applications from prospective candidates to operate MBDA Business Centers (MBC) in the following three locations: continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA expands Commercial Real Estate Refinancing

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: SBA expands Commercial Real Estate Refinancing

Small business owners with eligible commercial real estate mortgages maturing after Dec. 31, 2012, will be able to secure more stable, long-term financing through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s temporary 504 refinancing program as a result of a change that will be published in The Federal Register by April 6. continue reading »

New Online Toolkit Improves Access for SBA Lenders

New Online Toolkit Improves Access for SBA Lenders

Small business lenders now have access to more in-depth information and resources on U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs through the new Lender Toolkit on the agency’s recently redesigned website. continue reading »

Obama Administration: Funds for CT, MO, and VT to Spur at Least $534 Million in New Small Businesses

Obama Administration: Funds for CT, MO, and VT to Spur at Least $534 Million in New Small Businesses

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the approval of State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) applications from Connecticut, Missouri, and Vermont. continue reading »

SBA Accepting Applications from Certified CDFIs to Participate in Community Advantage Program

SBA Accepting Applications from Certified CDFIs to Participate in Community Advantage Program

One of the biggest challenges facing small businesses, particularly those in underserved communities, continues to be access to credit. Last December, our partners at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: FREE IRS App to Track Refund- Download Here

PERSONAL FINANCE: FREE IRS App to Track Refund- Download Here

RS2Go is an IRS-developed app designed to help taxpayers in several ways. The app lets taxpayers check on the status of their refund, sign up for helpful tax tips or get the most recent IRS Twitter feeds. Download IRS2Go, then connect with the IRS whenever you want, wherever you are. continue reading »

Know Your Debt Score: New, Free Service Helps Consumers Analyze Their Financial Health

Know Your Debt Score: New, Free Service Helps Consumers Analyze Their Financial Health

DebtScore.com Offers the First-Ever DebtScore Personalized by Age, Lifestyle and Retirement Goals. Ed Ojdana, CEO of Oweing.com and the visionary who founded freecreditreport.com continue reading »

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: Signs of Impending Growth in Small Business Lending

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE: Signs of Impending Growth in Small Business Lending

Lending to small firms by U.S. financial institutions continued to decline over the 2009–2010 period, but some loan size categories began to stabilize, according to the Office of Advocacy’s latest edition of Small Business Lending in the United States. continue reading »

PERSONAL FINANCE: More Taxpayers are Filing from Home in 2011

Almost 19 million tax returns have been filed with the IRS from home computers so far this year, an increase of almost 6 percent compared to the number of returns from the same time last year. continue reading »