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Identity theft creates havoc with tax refund

Last week I finally got my tax refund — nearly six months after I filed my return. I could curse IRS bureaucrats for the delay but, really, it's not their fault. Some lowlife stole my identity and filed a return using my Social Security number. Sadly, I'm not alone. The IRS shelled out $3.6 billion in potentially f …


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  1. Identity theft creates havoc with tax refund


    Last week I finally got my tax refund — nearly six months after I filed my return.

  2. Ask questions before you volunteer

    Working Life

    With fall's arrival, the call for volunteers heats up, bringing opportunity to devote time to new causes and pull back from current positions that no longer hold interest. Before signing on to be president of the chamber or chair of a fundraising event, note this: Although 62 million people volunteered last year, the …

  3. Are airport security fast lanes worth your money?

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    Convenience versus cash. We pay for all sorts of services to avoid hassle and stress. Should paying for TSA Precheck to speed through airport security screening be one of them?

    The Transportation Security Administration has an ambitious goal of enrolling 25 percent of all passengers in its popular PreCheck initiative by the end of 2013. (Chi Birmingham/The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED BIZ TRAVEL ROAD BY JOE SHARKEY. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.
  4. Your latest security threat: 'Synthetic' identity theft

    Personal Finance

    It's hard enough to restore your identity when a thief steals your Social Security number then uses it to open bank accounts and obtain loans in your name.

  5. Apple says new OS will keep out prying eyes

    Personal Finance

    Apple wants to make clear that it wants nobody snooping around in your device, not even the police.

  6. Credit card offers can carry hidden risks

    Personal Finance

    The offers stuffing your mailbox can sound enticing: Transfer a balance from a high-rate credit card to a new card and pay no interest for six months, a year or even longer.

  7. Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut


    NEW YORK — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

    Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group, prepares to ring the ceremonial bell on the morning of the Chinese e-commerce giant’s initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares rose from the $68 initial price to close at $93.89.
  8. German 'energy transition' is changing the world


    HELIGOLAND, Germany

    Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea.

    Wind turbine blades are stored at a German company’s offshore operations base in Bremerhaven. A single blade can be as large as the wingspan of an Airbus A380. Germany’s big push into renewable energy is having a dramatic impact, driving down costs rapidly with implications worldwide.
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    '37 Sears, Roebuck convertible

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    Aaron Lazarus has been named a senior associate at 360 Advanced PA, Tampa. Prior to joining 360 Advanced, Lazarus served as manager of compliance with Prestige Cruise Holdings in Doral. He also held the position of senior auditor and as a senior analyst/change management with Royal …

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