Why Atlanta Taxpayers Might Still Be Eligible For a Late Tax Refund

You thought pumpkin pie was tasty - how about a slice of a $164 million pie the IRS is hoping to serve up this season?

No, it's not a scam, say Atlanta bankruptcy attorneys. It's just the government's effort to get late tax refunds to the more than 100,000 Americans that haven't yet received money due to incorrect mailing addresses. If you're looking for help paying the bills and lowering debt - and you haven't yet received your refund - this could be your early Christmas present.

If you think you may still be owed a refund, check the official IRS "Where's My Refund?" webpage. But keep in mind that, though these refunds are legit, they're also an excuse for scam artists to create new tricks. Remember never to give personal information to someone who claims to be an IRS agent through e-mail, over the phone or through any link you open in an advertisement or e-mail attachment. The real IRS does business on their government website or through the U.S. Postal Service.

Of course, 100,000 is a small number when millions of Americans are grappling with tough economic times. What about those of us who already received and spent our refunds - or were never eligible for money back to begin with?

To start, why not give our budget-savvy saving tips a whirl if you haven't already? There's advice on making a budget, cutting costs and lowering your bills. And if you can afford it, consider sacrificing a little money this year to save on your taxes next year by making a donation to charity, paying January's mortgage this December or making an eligible energy-saving upgrade before a tax rebate evaporates. Can't swing those kinds of expenses? Debt might be to blame - and you can do something about it.

If you can never seem to get a step ahead of your debt, bankruptcy may be the extra oomph you've been looking for. Bankruptcy can finally make your debt payments affordable while also protecting assets like your house and making it easier to pay your taxes. Want to learn more? It's free when you sign up for a personal debt analysis with a professional Atlanta bankruptcy attorney.

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