Why Did I Receive an IRS Form 1099-C?

It is that time of year again, the time of year when a pile of tax related documents begin to show up in your mailbox. You may receive a W-2 form from your employer, charitable contribution statements to use for tax write-offs, and even mortgage interest statements if you are a home owner. However, there is another far less desirable tax form which will be finding its way into millions of people’s mailboxes this year as well – the 1099-C.Read More

Credit Cards 101 Part 5: Why Credit Cards are Safer Than Debit Cards

Credit cards, as we have already covered in parts 1-4 of our Credit Cards 101 series, are extremely powerful tools which you can put to work for you on your journey toward better credit. Yet not only do credit cards have great credit building potential (assuming you manage the accounts properly), but they also feature some other great benefits as well. For example, you may not realize it but your credit cards represent the safest and most secure form of payment you carry in your wallet.Read More

Ways to Destroy Your Credit Scores

Your credit scores can exert a tremendous amount of influence over your financial wellbeing, in some instances even more than your income. Don’t believe me? Just ask anyone with a great job who has ever been turned down for a mortgage application due to bad credit. People with great incomes and bad credit get denied for financing every single day.

You probably already know that achieving good credit is important. You are smart enough to be reading this article after all. YetRead More

Credit Cards 101 Part 4: How Authorized User Accounts Might Help Your Credit

Welcome back to part 4 of our Credit Cards 101 series. We have already covered in depth how properly used credit cards have the ability to help you start building credit from scratch or to rebuild previously damaged credit reports. Credit cards alone are not going to be a cure-all for your credit problems, of course, but they can be an important component in your overall credit restoration plan.

When it comes to credit cards an often overlooked credit improvement method is the authorized user strategy. Here is a deeper look at how the authorized user strategy works and how you might be able to benefit tremendously from asking a loved one for a favor.Read More

Credit Cards 101 Part 3: Using Secured Credit Cards to Rebuild Your Credit

Welcome to Part 3 of our powerful series, Credit Cards 101. In parts 1 and 2 of this series you have already learned some important information about how properly managed credit card accounts can be very effective tools to help you build better credit. Of course, while well managed credit card accounts can potentially be great for your credit scores, credit card debt can actually wreak havoc upon your credit scores very quickly. For best results (both financially and from a credit score standpoint) it is important to develop the habit of paying off your credit card balances in full each month.Read More