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Identity Theft: Self-Help Tools

What is identity theft? Identity theft can happen to anyone.  If this has happened to you, you are not alone. Common types of identity theft include when someone has used your name to:
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Will Getting A Big Tax Refund Make Me Lose My Benefits?

This year, you won’t have to worry about losing your benefits if you get a big tax refund. Starting in 2011, any tax refunds you get will not affect most public benefits, or how much you get! Under the law passed in December 2010:
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Are You Leaving Money on the Table? A Guide to Maine Tax Credits and Benefits

It is not easy to balance a household budget when you have a low income. But you can supplement your income by claiming all of the benefits and supports you have the right to claim. Here is a checklist. Make sure you are not leaving money on the table!
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Equifax Data Breach: What Mainers can do to protect themselves

You may have heard about the massive data breach at Equifax. Equifax is one of the large credit reporting bureaus, that collects credit and other personal information about people. A lot of this information they collect has been hacked. In Maine, about half a million people's information is affected by this breach.

هل تغفل الحصول على أموال متاحة لك؟

قائمة مرجعية بالخصوم الضريبية والإعانات في ولاية مين
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Exemptions to the Affordable Care Act Shared Responsibility Payment

If you did not have healthcare coverage then you could face a tax penalty under the Affordable Care Act, known as the "Shared Responsibility Payment."  But this is not true for everyone, especially low-income households.
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¿Está dejando usted dinero sobre la mesa?

Lista de Créditos y Beneficios para los Impuestos de Maine Français English
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Laissez-vous de l'argent trainer sur la table?

Liste des crédits d’impôts et de prestations du Maine. English Español
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Health Care Tax Tips

Do you get a health care tax subsidy for health insurance you bought through the "federal marketplace." Learn about your duty to report certain financial changes.
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Pre-Paid Debit Cards: Are They a Good Deal?

As with all commercial products, buyer beware! Pre-paid debit cards are often viewed as convenient alternatives to cash and expensive checking accounts. While there may be many advantages to these cards, there are also many disadvantages a consumer should consider.

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