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The Watchdog: Tax challenge accepted — and failed

The Watchdog: Tax challenge accepted — and failed

My wife is ticked at me. She doesn't like it when I test a product or service as The Watchdog and it ends up hurting us. My latest mishap will cost our household hundreds of dollars. Frankly, it's embarrassing. You want to hear what happened?

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The Watchdog: A tip, post-breach: Don't trust Equifax

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A security freeze is supposed to block outsiders from opening an account in your name because they don't know your secret PIN. (For a fraud alert, only one of three credit bureaus must be notified, but for a security freeze you must notify each bureau.

The Watchdog: We're on our own for property tax relief

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I never paid attention to those boring quarter-page newspaper ads that appear every August and are bought by cities, counties and school districts. The ads announce the proposed tax rate for the coming year and accompanying public hearings. The ads display lots of numbers and confusing terms. Unless you're a government geek, they're hard to understand. But these notices are probably the most important public document local governments share with their tax-paying supporters.

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