Archive for: ‘January 2013’

6 Great Credit Cards to Rebuild after Bankruptcy

January 31, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Many Americans are struggling to redeem their pre-recession credit scores. Whether you have recently filed for bankruptcy, been foreclosed on by your bank or simply struggled to pay your bills, rebuilding your credit score can be a long process. Below are six great credit cards to help you rebuild your credit score:

1. Navy Federal Credit Union nRewards Card: According to credit card expert Beverly Harzog, this is one of the best credit cards for rebuilding a credit score. You must be in the military or related to someone who is in the military to be eligible for this card. This card has no annual fee and the percentage rate is a variable 8.9%. It has a 25 day purchase grace period and it reports to the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

2. Citi Secured MasterCard: With this card, you will earn a 1.01% annual yield because Citi invests your money in an 18-month certificate deposit of savings account. The annual fee is $29 per year, which is very low. This card is best for those who do not typically carry a balance because the variable APR is very high.

3. Capital One Secured MasterCard: This card also has a very high variable APR at 22.9%, but a low annual fee. A positive feature of this card is that the bank supplies cardholders with a credit-monitoring tool so that if you are struggling with your score, you can monitor it closely with this card.

4. Wells Fargo Secured Card: This card has a very low annual fee of $25, but it has a high APR of 18.99%. If you use this card responsibly, Wells Fargo will consider you for an unsecured credit card.

5. US Bank Secured Visa Card: Similar to Wells Fargo, this secured card can put you on the track to an unsecured credit card. Responsible card users can qualify for an unsecured card from US Bank in as little as 12 months.

6. Platinum Zero Visa Card from Applied Bank: Cardholders should be aware of the $9.95 monthly maintenance fee on this card. However, if you typically carry a balance on your card, this one is ideal for you. This card charges 0% interest on purchases and there is no credit check required.

To read more on this story visit: http://money.msn.com/credit-cards/6-great-cards-for-rebuilding-credit

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Casey Anthony Files for Bankruptcy in Florida

January 30, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Casey Anthony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection last Friday in Florida. Anthony claimed approximately $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Her listed debts included: $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff’s office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs related to the case; $68,540 for the IRS for taxes, interest and penalties and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs. Her legal debt accumulated when she was on trial for the murder of her daughter, Caylee. Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee in 2011, however she is currently unemployed, with no recent income.

Aside from her financial troubles, Anthony is also facing a defamation lawsuit. Among many other civil suits, the defamation suit was brought forth by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez in the Orange County Circuit Court. Fernandez-Gonzalez claims that Anthony defamed her when she told the detectives that a baby sitter with the same name kidnapped Caylee in 2008.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/27/casey-anthony-bankruptcy_n_2560873.html

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

New Credit Card Transaction Fees in 40 States

January 29, 2013 Posted by kingcade

As of Sunday, 40 states in the U.S. will now charge merchants and retailers a “checkout” surcharge fee of 4% on credit card transactions. The fees are a result of the $7.25 billion settlement last June between credit card issuers and merchants. Part of the settlement stated that credit card issuers would reduce merchant’s fees for eight months. Now that the agreement has expired, credit card issuers are charging merchants a higher percentage. As a result, some merchants are charging consumers between 1.5 and 4 percent of the total purchase on all credit card transactions in order to cover the increase on credit card processing costs.

Another part of the settlement allows merchants and retailers to charge tax on its customers. According to the National Retail Federation, the vast majority of retailers do not want to surcharge consumers. Many of them have joined a petition in favor of consumers’ interests. The petition claims that charging taxes would punish the consumers, rather than the credit card companies for their wrongdoings.

It is still illegal to charge the fee in the following ten states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.ibtimes.com/new-credit-card-transaction-fees-list-states-charging-4-surcharge-checkout-fee-1042384

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

6 Steps to Prep for your Tax Return

January 28, 2013 Posted by kingcade

Below are six steps to help you get ahead on your taxes this year:

1. The first thing you should do is put together a list of social security numbers. You will need to include everyone’s number who will be on your tax return. If your child is 12 years old or older and does not have a social security number, you must apply for one.

2. Next, you will need to gather the documents that show the income you earned in 2012. This can include: a W-2 from your employer, a 1099-MISC if you made more than $600 from anyone for freelance work, a 1099-G if you collected unemployment, the interest on any savings accounts you have, etc.

3. You also need to locate your 2011 tax return. This can be very helpful when filing your 2012 tax return, unless your life has drastically changed. If you cannot find your tax return from last year, you can order a copy at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Order-a-Transcript.

4. Another step you can take to get ahead on your taxes is to figure out the deductions you can claim. There are many possibilities with tax deductions, therefore you should educate yourself and get your paperwork together, early. You will need documentation to prove any deductions you claim. Visit http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc500.html to learn about deductions.

5. If you contributed to a charitable organization in 2012, you can deduct your donation from your taxes. The donation can be in the form of cash, property or stock and must have been to an organization, not a person or political campaign. Visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Eight-Tips-for-Deducting-Charitable-Contributions to learn about charitable deductions.

6. Finally, you should plan your actual refund. The fastest way to get your refund is to file electronically and use direct deposit.

To read more on this story visit: http://money.msn.com/taxes/article.aspx?post=271ac83e-acd2-409c-826f-7eb55d9beaf3

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Mortgage Interest Rates Frozen – Money Tips for 2013

January 25, 2013 Posted by kingcade

It’s been reported that the Federal Reserve will likely keep interest rates regulated throughout 2013. In order to spark housing market growth, the Federal Reserve will keep the lending rate between banks in the 0% – 0.25% range until mid-2015.

Below are some savings and credit tips for the 2013 economic climate:

Freeze your mortgage rate. Mortgage interest rates are at a 40-year low; therefore, you can lock in your mortgage with a fixed-rate. The interest on a 30-year fixed mortgage has been 3.57% throughout January.

Lower your mortgage term. If you are planning on refinancing your home and might be moving within a few years, you should consider an adjustable-rate mortgage. During January, initial rates on five-year ARMs were 2.68%.

Open long-term CDs. Place your cash in a long-term CD with low withdrawal penalties. This will give you the opportunity to make thousands of dollars in just a few years time.

Avoid rising-rate CD lures. If a bank offers you an option for a higher yield on a CD if rates rise, you typically get a low initial rate. It is better to shop around and compare other rates with the fixed equivalent.

Use local banks. Online banks sometimes have the best rates. However, if you prefer a bank you can physically go to, community banks are a great choice. Most local banks are less affected by the Federal Reserve and offer great rates. Visit www.findbankrates.com for the best rates in your area.

Transfer a balance. Average interest rates on credit cards are extremely high right now. You can transfer a balance from a card with a higher rate to a card with a lower rate and save money.

Carry rewards cards. If you are usually able to pay off your credit card balance, you are best suited for a rewards card, rather than an extremely low interest rate card.

To read more on this story visit: http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/01/news/economy/interest-rates.moneymag/index.html

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Foreclosure defense attorney, Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.