How to Manage Back to School Expenses

The weather might still be creeping into the triple-digits, but millions of Texas students are already preparing to head back to school in mid-August. For many, the beginning of a new school year means hundreds of dollars spent on new clothes, school supplies, backpacks, electronics and more. According to the National Retail Foundation, families with children in kindergarten through 12th grade plan to spend an average of $688 on back-to-school shopping. The Texas Society of CPAs offers these tips for managing back-to-school expenses this season.
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Most Tax Liens Out of Credit Scores


If you’ve noticed a change in your credit score this month, you’re not alone. Around 12 million, or 7 percent of the 220 million people with a credit report should have seen a small increase in their credit scores, because of stricter rules on public records collected by the three credit bureaus.
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The Checks in the Mail - And Now You Can See It on Your Phone

If you’re wondering where that refund check, credit card bill or birthday card from your Dad is, now you have a new way of finding out - via email. The U.S. Postal Service rolled out a new service this month across the country that will send you an email every morning to tell you what’s going to show up in your mailbox that day.
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How to Know if the IRS is Really Calling or Knocking on Your Door

Avoid becoming a tax fraud victim of this common scam. Learn how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and whether contact you might have received is truly from an IRS employee.
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Back to basics with "Money Minutes"

Help high school students learn the basic concepts of financial management with "Money Minutes," a video module series with information on issues such as budget management, college costs, debt management and savings.
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