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Items of interest about Internet-related topics.

Check the Status of Your Tax Refund

Expecting a federal or state tax refund? You can check the status of your refund online to find out when your refund will be arriving. You'll need information like your Social Security Number, adjusted gross income and amount of refund expected to view the status of the refund. 

Federal Refund: "Where's My Refund?"

State Refund: My Income Tax Information

Filing Your Taxes Online for Free

Free File LogoReady to file your federal and state taxes? Start out by exploring some of the free options for filing your tax returns online that may make the process go a little bit easier. You can also check out the online offerings from commercial tax preparation companies. These companies will assist you to complete and file your state and federal tax returns for a fee. 

Both the IRS and the State of Michigan encourage online filing. They have indicated that filing tax returns online results in fewer mistakes and for those getting a refund, a faster turnaround on issuing your refund. Which free options you qualify for is determined by your adjusted gross income. Review each of the options below to determine which ones you are qualified to use.

Just looking for tax forms and instructions? See these resources

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Online Privacy

The Detroit Free Press published an article on Sunday, May 23rd addressing the security of your personal information on the Internet. The popular social networking site Facebook has come under scrutiny lately because of confusion over their privacy settings, resulting in a growing number of people deleting their profiles entirely. In this article, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg does admit some privacy mistakes have been made.

The article lists websites you can use to detect your own online safety, including Profilewatch.org, which scores how private your Facebook information is and Youropenbook.org, showing what Facebook is making public. Reclaimprivacy.org will allow you to check your current Facebook privacy settings and make adjustments as you see fit. The June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports also features an article about online privacy as well as rankings on security software, many of which are free.

It's important to protect yourself from being vulnerable to online predators, and this information can help.

Last Minute Tax Resources - April 2010

Image of tax formsThursday, April 15th is the deadline to file your state and federal tax returns. We've compiled a list of resources that can help you if you're still working on completing your forms.

For those who are unable to file by April 15th, view this resource about filing for an extension of time to file from the IRS.