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Managing Money (www.managing-money.org) is a financial literacy clearinghouse featuring Consumer Action’s award-winning multilingual educational materials, headline news on personal finance topics and recommended publications created by other organizations and government agencies. The materials focus on financial services, sound financial planning and debt management, saving for emergencies and retirement and how to avoid frauds and scams.
 
 

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CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2018 The January 2018 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter gives readers the scoop on an "investor bootcamp" that one of our allies recently held in Washington, DC; features an enlightening interview with a representative from the Bank on San Francisco initiative; gives advice on how to handle bad customer service; presents our latest issue of Consumer Action News (on student loan repayment options) and much more. (Tuesday, January 02, 2018)

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Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start (Vietnamese)

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start (Vietnamese). Khai phá sản có thể giúp người tiêu thụ đang rối rắm vì mắc nợ, nhưng trước khi quyết định khai phá sản, người ta cần biết rất nhiều về thủ tục khai phá sản và hậu quả của nó. Bản hướng dẫn này giải thích sự khác biệt giữa hai loại khai phá sản cá nhân, người khai phải làm gì, các món nợ và tài sản sẽ ra sao, suy xét về các lựa chọn khác, giải thích khái quát về các thủ tục pháp lý, và hướng dẫn tìm sự trợ giúp ở đâu cũng như các chi tiết khác.  Bankruptcy can offer a financial fresh start for consumers overwhelmed by debt, but there is a lot to know about the process and potential consequences before a decision to file can be made. This guide explains the differences between the two types of personal bankruptcy, what is required of filers, what happens to debts and assets, alternatives to consider, the general legal process, and where to find assistance and more information.

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start (Spanish)

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start (Spanish). La quiebra o bancarrota puede ofrecer un nuevo comienzo financiero para los consumidores abrumados por la deuda, pero hay mucho que aprender sobre el proceso y las posibles consecuencias antes de poder tomar esa decisión. Esta guía explica las diferencias entre los dos tipos de bancarrota personal, qué se requiere de los contribuyentes, qué pasa con las deudas y los activos, las alternativas a considerar, el proceso legal en general y dónde encontrar asistencia y más información.

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start (Korean)

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start (Korean). 파산은 감당할 수 없는 채무가 있는 소비자들을 위한 재정적인 재기의 기회를 제공하지만 파산 신청을 결정하기 전에 처리 과정과 잠재적인 결과에 대해 알고 있어야 할 것들이 많습니다. 이 안내서는 개인 파산의 두가지 형태, 신청 자격, 부채와 자신의 처리, 고려할 대안, 일반적인 법적 처리 과정 및 지원과 상세한 정보를 찾는 방법 등에 대해 설명하고 있습니다. Bankruptcy laws were passed in order to give people a fresh start. This guide explains the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, the two types of personal bankruptcy, and answers questions about filing requirements, what bankruptcy can and can't do for you, what your other options for dealing with debt might be, and where to get more information and personal assistance.

Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’ (Chinese)

Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’ (Chinese). “經濟共榮”可以讓你利用業餘時間來賺一點外快,它甚至也可能會成為你的主要收入來源。不過這兩類收入都可能對你的納稅情況造成影響。這本刊物與稅務建議無關,但可以協助你瞭解如何正確申報收入及開支、如何善加利用你應得的減稅優惠、如何避免在申報退稅時有任何意外驚訝發生,以及如何獲得更多相關資訊及協助。
The sharing economy might enable you to put a little extra cash in your pockets in your spare time, or it could be your primary source of income. Either way, earning money will have an impact on your tax situation. This publication, while not tax advice, will help you understand how to report your income and expenses accurately, why you should take advantage of all the deductions you’re entitled to, how to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you file your tax return, and where to get more information and assistance.

Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’ (Korean)

Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’ (Korean). 공유 경제는 여가 시간을 이용해 부수입을 올리는 것을 가능하게 할 수도 있고 주 수입원이 될 수도 있습니다. 어떤 쪽이든 돈을 버는 것은 세무 상황에 영향을 줄 것입니다. 이 안내서는 세무 조언을 위한 것은 아니지만 수입과 비용을 정확하게 보고하는 방법, 자격이 있는 모든 공제를 활용하는 것이 좋은 이유, 예상치 못한 문제를 피하는 방법, 그리고 추가 정보와 도움을 얻을 수 있는 곳 등에 대해 설명하고 있습니다.
The sharing economy might enable you to put a little extra cash in your pockets in your spare time, or it could be your primary source of income. Either way, earning money will have an impact on your tax situation. This publication, while not tax advice, will help you understand how to report your income and expenses accurately, why you should take advantage of all the deductions you’re entitled to, how to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you file your tax return, and where to get more information and assistance.

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Recommended Publications

Friday, January 05, 2018

Mortgage loan relief for disaster victims. The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has produced a guide to assist those helping homeowners struggling after a hurricane, flood, fire or other natural disaster.

Friday, September 23, 2016

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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016 Car Insurance & Credit Scores Report by WalletHub Cover Art 2016 Car Insurance & Credit Scores Report by WalletHub. The WalletHub study gives us information on the connection between credit scores and car insurance.

Friday, September 04, 2015

CFPB Monthly Complaint Report: Credit Reporting Issues. Complaint reports from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) focus on a different issue each month providing a snapshot of complaint trends by type, state and company, and highlight actual complaints reported by consumers.

Friday, January 23, 2015

California Lifeline carrier search tool. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has a multilingual tool that enables consumers to search for California LifeLine service providers.

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