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CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - March 2021 The March 2021 issue of Consumer Action INSIDER tells readers what they can do to avoid becoming a victim of tax fraud this year; outlines how AFCPE®, the Wells Fargo Foundation and Yellow Ribbon Network have launched a free, virtual financial counseling and coaching initiative available to everyone, regardless of financial situation; reveals what we're facing when it comes to mass evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the problem can be mitigated; tells readers how to file their taxes even without a W-2 form; outlines the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new leadership and mission-driven goals; details our recent coalition efforts; shares the latest happenings at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and announces new settlements posted in our Class Action Database. (Monday, March 01, 2021)

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Privacy and security when using FinTech apps

Privacy and security when using FinTech apps Share financial data with care.

This fact sheet gives FinTech users the knowledge to make wise decisions when choosing and using FinTech apps, take effective steps to keep their financial account data safe, and understand their options if something goes wrong. (Our companion guide, What you need to know about how FinTech apps work, offers an overview of financial technology and what privacy and security considerations users should be aware of before choosing and using digital financial tools.)

What you need to know about how FinTech apps work

What you need to know about how FinTech apps work Share financial data with care. Financial technology can offer attractive benefits for consumers who want to take their personal finances digital. But, like all internet-based tools and services, FinTech apps need to be chosen and used with care. This publication explains the types of FinTech tools available, how they work, and what that means for your data privacy and security. (Our companion guide, Privacy and security when using fintech apps, offers actionable tips for managing and protecting your data.)

Get Credit for Your Hard Work (2020 Tax Year) (Korean)

Get Credit for Your Hard Work (2020 Tax Year) (Korean) 저소득 근로 납세자들은 연방 근로 소득세액 공제(EITC)를 받을 자격이 있을 수 있습니다.

근로 소득세액 공제(the Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC)는 저소득 근로계층 납세자들과 가족들이 연방 소득세 신고를 할때 보다 많은 환불을 받을 수 있도록 도와줍니다. 본 출판문은 2020 과세 연도 EITC 지침을 포함한다 (2021년 4월 세금 납세).

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low-income working taxpayers and families get more money back when they file their federal income tax return. This publication contains EITC guidelines for the 2020 tax year (for taxes due in April 2021).

NOTE: Announced on Dec. 20, a “lookback” provision will allow low-income workers to apply their 2019 earned income to their 2020 tax returns for the purposes of calculating the EITC or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). For both these credits, the more you earn (while still remaining below the maximum), the higher your credit. The lookback measure will allow filers to receive a credit in line with their normal earnings level, rather than be penalized with a lower credit on top of reduced 2020 earnings caused by the pandemic. However, taxpayers must actively “opt in” to the lookback provision (it won’t automatically occur).

Improving your financial health with FinTech - Video (Chinese)

Improving your financial health with FinTech - Video (Chinese) 個人理財應用程式初學者指南.

金融科技(FinTech)是專門使用互聯網及各種apps (應用程式, 是可供下載的行動軟件)的現代科技,專為消費者和企業而開發出功能強大的金融理財服務工具。對於那些希望改善他們的財務狀況並致力於實現目標的人,金融科技可以使相關過程更加便捷,成效高,甚至有回報。這本指南將詳盡介紹目前可供使用的金融科技(FinTech)種類以及它們如何為你提供幫助。本指南也將解釋選擇這些應用程序時應考慮的事項以及當你使用FinTech金融科技時應如何確保安全。

Financial technology (FinTech) is the use of modern technology, such as the internet and apps (downloadable mobile software), to develop powerful financial services tools for consumers and businesses. For those who are motivated to improve their finances and dedicated to working toward their goals, FinTech can make the process more convenient, efficient and even rewarding. This guide will introduce you to the types of FinTech tools available and how they can help you. It will also tell you what to consider when choosing an app and how to stay safe when using FinTech.

Get Credit for Your Hard Work (2020 Tax Year) (Chinese)

Get Credit for Your Hard Work (2020 Tax Year) (Chinese) 低收入工薪納稅人可以享有聯邦退稅優惠.

工薪退稅優惠(EITC) 有助於低收入工作納稅人及家庭在申報聯邦所得稅時得到更多的退稅。這本刊物內容包括EITC(聯邦低收入者工薪退稅優惠)2020年度稅務申報各項指標 (即為納稅人在2021年4月應繳的稅金)。

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low-income, working taxpayers and families get more money back when they file their federal income tax forms. This publication contains EITC guidelines for the 2020 tax year (for taxes due in April 2021).

NOTE: Announced on Dec. 20, a “lookback” provision will allow low-income workers to apply their 2019 earned income to their 2020 tax returns for the purposes of calculating the EITC or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). For both these credits, the more you earn (while still remaining below the maximum), the higher your credit. The lookback measure will allow filers to receive a credit in line with their normal earnings level, rather than be penalized with a lower credit on top of reduced 2020 earnings caused by the pandemic. However, taxpayers must actively “opt in” to the lookback provision (it won’t automatically occur).

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Spanish-English glossary of real estate terms. A new Spanish-English glossary of commonly used real estate terms has been released to help real estate agents and brokers make the home buying process more manageable for consumers who seek to better understand the complexities of a mortgage transaction in Spanish. The glossary offers both formal and colloquial translations of key mortgage terms.

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