Financial Fridays: FTC Sponsors Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

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WHO WE ARE

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) educates consumers about issues that affect their daily lives, including their financial well-being, health, and privacy. Within the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Division of Consumer and Business Education (DCBE) seeks to educate and empower consumers by providing them with simple and practical information adapted for particular audiences. This information helps people understand their rights and recognize, avoid and report frauds.

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How to file a complaint

IdentityTheft.gov Helps You Report and Recover from Identity Theft

UPCOMING EVENT

Tax season is right around the corner, and tax identity thieves are eager to claim your tax refund as their own. Find out how to stop them during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 28-February 1, 2019.

Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You might find out it has happened when you get a letter from the IRS saying more than one tax return was filed in your name, or IRS records show you have wages from an employer you don’t know.

Learn how to reduce the chance you’ll be a victim and find out what to do if you are during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Join the FTC and its partners for free webinars, Twitter chats, and other events. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting information about the events and how you can participate at ftc.gov/taxidtheft.

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Link to consumer.ftc.gov or any of our individual publications. Visitors to our website will appreciate having a direct link to important information from the nation’s consumer protection agency.

  • Subscribe to our blog for consumer news and scam alerts.
  • Like our Federal Trade Commission Facebook page.
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  • Follow @FTC for the latest tweets from the FTC.

TWEET THIS

@FTC educates American consumers about issues that affect their financial well-being, find out more at www.consumer.ftc.gov

CONTACT INFORMATION

Colleen Tressler

202-326-2368

ctressler@ftc.gov


 

WHO WE ARE

The Take Charge Today  (TCT) program is a free, downloadable, ready-to-teach financial education curriculum for 7th- through 12th-grade classrooms. Take Charge Today’s materials are written and continuously updated “by educators…for educators”. In addition to an activity-based curriculum, we offer professional development including educator trainings.

WHAT’S NEW at TCT?

  • We moved to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. This move comes with several new opportunities for teachers including a dual enrollment high school course and summer teacher graduate courses with scholarships available (see additional offerings).
  • Three new lessons have been developed to teach the concept of investing. In addition to The Fundamentals of Investing, we now offer Investing with Lawn Boy (the trade book by Gary Paulsen) in the Introductory curriculum, and in our Advanced Level curriculum we’ve added Let’s Talk Stocks, and Researching Stocks: An Investment Portfolio Simulation assessment.

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS

  • Ethics, Economy & Entrepreneurship: In our new department, TCT is now connected with a dual enrollment high school course that teachers can offer on their own campus: “Ethics, Economy and Entrepreneurship (EEE)”.  Scholarships are available for high school students taking this class who wish to receive dual enrollment credit. We are currently working with UofA professors in an update of this textbook to include more personal finance content.
  • Teacher Summer Graduate Courses: Teachers interested in teaching the EEE course may come to Tucson in Summer 2019 to complete graduate coursework. You can even work towards a teacher certification by taking several courses we offer each summer at the University of Arizona. Scholarships for teachers are available! Visit https://freedomcenter.arizona.edu/eee for more information about EEE and the summer courses.

CLEARINGHOUSE RESOURCES

https://jumpstartclearinghouse.org/resource/take-charge-today/

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TWEET THIS

Did you know Take Charge Today offers #teachers real-world performance tasks to assess learning? Students can experience paying taxes, buying a car, finding an apartment, investing in stocks and more! Check them out at www.takechargetoday.arizona.edu #FinLit #FinEd #AFinLitFuture

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tiffany Kiramidjian

520.621.3998

takechargetoday@arizona.edu


About Financial Friday

Each week we feature one of our national partners that are dedicated to making #afinlitfuture a reality. Learn more about the organizations we’ve featured this month:
If you are a partner interested in being featured, contact Heather McElrath, or, if you would like information on becoming a partner, contact Josh Sandler.



About Financial Friday

 

Each week we feature one of our national partners that are dedicated to making #afinlitfuture a reality. Learn more about the organizations we’ve featured this month:
If you are a partner interested in being featured, contact Heather McElrath, or, if you would like information on becoming a partner, contact Josh Sandler.

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Join us for FB Live 3 pm ET Dec. 11 (TODAY) to address our December principle: Holiday Shopping



December Principle

Happy Holidays,

Can you believe we are near the end of 2018?! Before we officially close out the year, we’ll address our monthly principle. This month, it’s holiday shopping (wisely).

As you know, each month we address one of our principles that were designed to keep financial literacy a priority year-round; each is linked to the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.

Facebook Live

To learn more about the principle, join us for Facebook Live at 3 p.m. ET TODAY (December 11, 2018). Tune in to hear Jump$tart Coalition President and CEO Laura Levine discuss holiday saving and budgeting with John Lanza, creator of The Money Mammals and author of The Art of Allowance by Snigglezoo Entertainment.

If you have questions or ideas to share with us, simply respond to this email or send a note to Laura Levine at laura.levine@jumpstart.org. And, of course, join us for FB Live and chat with us then.

Cheers,

The Jump$tart Team

Saving Tips

Use Cash

Using cash, rather than plastic, helps you avoid mindless spending. Keep cash in an envelope to keep your spending in check.

 

Give from the Heart

Some of the best gifts are homemade. Baked goods and crafts add a personal touch to the season — while helping you save.

Resources

To help you master this month’s principle, check out the Jump$tart Clearinghouse for a few free resources from our National Partners including:

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