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Apr 02, 2018
April 2, 2018, 1:52 pm

Tax time marks an important start to the year. It’s a time to reflect back on your income, retirement savings and deductions from the previous year and make financial decisions about the new year. It’s also a time where many Americans rely on their refund to pay prior months’ rent payments and...

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Mar 12, 2018
March 12, 2018, 12:11 pm

Many individuals rely heavily on influx of cash from their tax refund and want to access it immediately.

This is where “Return Anticipation Loans” can enter the picture. A RAL is a loan made by a lender, where the value is based on and usually repaid by, one’s anticipated federal income t...

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Jan 31, 2018
January 31, 2018, 1:46 pm

They say the early bird gets the worm but when it comes to your taxes that may not always be the case. Don’t get caught up in “early-filing” and money-lending schemes this year. Here are just a few reasons why waiting until the IRS opening date of January 29th to complete 2017 tax returns save...

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Oct 17, 2017
October 17, 2017, 3:37 pm

Summer has officially come to a close and fall is in the air. While it proverbially seems like the end of things--the beginning of the annual college financial aid application season has officially begun.

The FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, became available on the first of...

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Sep 14, 2017
September 14, 2017, 3:00 pm

One of the driving forces of the world’s hunger is not the lack of food, but the abundance food waste that happens every single day. Approximately 15-30% of food in emerging economies is wasted. Each year billions of pounds of food go to waste, while 1 in 4 people are malnourished.

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Sep 13, 2017
September 13, 2017, 3:21 pm

Nick Melefsky, a Program Associate at the CASH Campaign of Maryland, has worked first-hand with the MyBudgetCoach® (MyBC) platform since it introduced statewide in Maryland in 2014. Beyond his role in financial education and development, and maintaining the Campaign’s online presence, Nick also runs the CASH Campaign of Maryland’s Financial Coaching program and works with the MyBC platform daily In celebration of the start of Communally, Nick told us more on what it is like to work with our technology first-hand, every day.

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