CalCPA Institute and California Jump$tart Coalition Co-Host 2011 California Financial Literacy Conference for Educators at the L.A. Convention Center on April 2

The 2011 California Financial Literacy Conference for Educators will gather together K-12 educators, nonprofits, businesses, community groups, financial professionals, government agencies and others to empower California’s K-12 educators to fight financial illiteracy by educating a new generation of Californians to manage their finances better than previous generations.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers Include:

Jerome E. Horton, Chairman, California State Board . . . → Read More: CalCPA Institute and California Jump$tart Coalition Co-Host 2011 California Financial Literacy Conference for Educators at the L.A. Convention Center on April 2

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Investors Look Beyond Social Security to Fund Retirement

The results of the Investor and Retirement Optimism Index survey conducted by Gallup/Wells Fargo were announced last week.

Investors who have yet to retire look to retirement accounts, such as 401(k), IRA, and Keogh accounts (74%), and stocks or stock market mutual fund investments (40%) as major funding sources when they retire. Social Security ranks sixth at . . . → Read More: Investors Look Beyond Social Security to Fund Retirement

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2011 National LifeSmarts Championship Comes to Hollywood!

LifeSmarts Championship

LifeSmarts is an educational program of the National Consumers League that develops the consumer and marketplace skills of teens in a fun way, and rewards them for the knowledge they demonstrate. LifeSmarts complements curriculum already in place in middle- and high-schools and can be used as an activity for classes, groups, clubs and community organizations.
Read . . . → Read More: 2011 National LifeSmarts Championship Comes to Hollywood!

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March Loan Modification Roundup – From the BBB

The following items are provided by the by the Better Business Bureau (Southland) and TrustLink®

MARCH 2011 LOAN MODIFICATION ROUNDUP – ALERTS, ISSUES, AND TRENDS
In general, if you are having trouble making your mortgage payments we recommend that you first seek counseling through a HUD approved non-profit housing counselor. Call the National Foreclosure Prevention Hotline: 888-995-4673 to . . . → Read More: March Loan Modification Roundup – From the BBB

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File Your Taxes Free Online

Filing your own taxes is easy. To be eligible for free federal and state income tax filing with the Beehive, you need:

•  Earned income of less than $57,000 in 2010

•  A valid email address

•  A valid Social Security Number (or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)

For residents of Sacramento, please visit: www.thebeehive.org/cityofsacramento. This service is provided by the . . . → Read More: File Your Taxes Free Online

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FTC To Host Workshop on Protecting Consumers From Lottery, Prize, and Sweepstakes Scams and Other Frauds that Use Money Transfers

FTC To Host Workshop on Protecting Consumers From Lottery, Prize, and Sweepstakes Scams and Other Frauds that Use Money Transfers

On May 2-3, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop in Chicago to examine what more can be done to protect consumers from lottery, prize, and sweepstakes scams, and other scams that use money . . . → Read More: FTC To Host Workshop on Protecting Consumers From Lottery, Prize, and Sweepstakes Scams and Other Frauds that Use Money Transfers

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FTC Reports on Debt Collectors

At a time when many consumers are having trouble paying their debts, the Federal Trade Commission issued its 33rd annual report describing the agency’s law enforcement and other efforts to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive debt collection practices. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits these and other improper practices by third-party debt . . . → Read More: FTC Reports on Debt Collectors

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Poster and Slogan Contest for Absentee Voting – Dept. of Defense

Absentee Voting Poster and Slogan Contests

The Federal Voting Assistance Program is conducting a Voting Poster Contest to promote absentee voting by Uniformed Services members, their families, and U.S. citizens living abroad.

Detailed description
How to enter
Important dates
Judges
Judging criteria
Prizes

FVAP provides U.S. citizens worldwide a broad range of non-partisan information and assistance to facilitate their participation in the democratic process – regardless . . . → Read More: Poster and Slogan Contest for Absentee Voting – Dept. of Defense

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IRS Tax Information – From Popular Government Questions USA.gov

2011 Federal Tax Filing Season

 

To assist taxpayers, select Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offices will be open on Saturday, March 26, 2011. These IRS offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

Individual and business taxpayers will no longer receive paper income tax packages in the mail from the IRS. These tax packages contained . . . → Read More: IRS Tax Information – From Popular Government Questions USA.gov

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Consumer Information Fair in Sacramento

April is California Financial Literacy Month

Consumer Information Fair
April 19th
11-2
State Capitol, North Steps
Sacramento

Visit exhibitors and get FREE information about savings, credit, homeownership, investor education, insurance, consumer protection, fraud and scam alerts, . . . → Read More: Consumer Information Fair in Sacramento

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