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By Paul Woodruff, Prosperity Connection Everyone in St. Louis seems to have an opinion on payday lending. Politicians decry the industry as usurious. Consumer advocates demand that ‘predatory lenders’ be shut down. Middle and higher-income people don’t understand why the loans cost so much, or why anyone would take one out. Meanwhile, the consumers who

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By Sierra Dean, Justine PETERSEN Community Investment and Outreach VISTA You’ve still got time before taxes are due on April 17, 2018, but why not complete your taxes early? If you’re surprised by a tax bill, don’t fret; set up payment options that suit your needs. If you’re getting a refund, completing your taxes early

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By Sierra Dean, Justine PETERSEN Community Investment and Outreach VISTA Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be financially fit? Getting it done and staying on task could be a challenge. We all tend to become easily sidetracked, find ways to make excuses, or just procrastinate. At the University of Scranton research suggests that

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By Vena Stevens, Gateway EITC Community Coalition Date:   January 9, 2015 Tax season is quickly approaching.  Knowing a few simple facts about tax preparation and filing will help you avoid mistakes and may even save you money. There are several options for preparing and filing your federal income tax return. You can prepare and file

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By Thomas Nitzche, CFEd, ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions Date: March 20, 2014 Winter doesn’t want to leave, but many of you may be ready to start your spring cleaning.  While images of mops, broomsticks, and vacuums traditionally come to mind, cleaning up your credit is an important part of maintaining your household. Start off your

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