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Consumer Action INSIDER - June 2017 The June 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter outlines our digital literacy and debt collection education and outreach efforts; presents our newest publication on insurance and taxes in the 'sharing economy'; tells you what to do when your storage unit starts costing too much; honors National Fair Housing Month; and more. (Thursday, June 01, 2017)

Alternative data and financial inclusion (Summer 2017) In this issue of Consumer Action News, we examine how alternative data may affect access to credit for consumers with limited credit options. Included are the results of a poll we conducted to gauge consumer attitudes about the use of alternative data (non-loan-related information) in lending decisions. (Wednesday, May 31, 2017)

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Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’

Library: English | Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’  The sharing economy might enable you to put a little extra cash in your pockets in your spare time, or it could be your primary source of income. Either way, earning money will have an impact on your tax situation. This publication, while not tax advice, will help you understand how to report your income and expenses accurately, why you should take advantage of all the deductions you’re entitled to, how to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you file your tax return, and where to get more information and assistance. Category: Money Management on May 19, 2017

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’

Library: English | Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’  The “sharing economy” can offer you new ways to earn, but, as with any business or self-employment venture, there are insurance issues to consider. This publication explains the potential risks associated with each type of “sharing,” what protection is typically available from the “platforms” that connect users, how your personal insurance may fall short, what your options are for full protection, and where to get more information. Category: Insurance on May 19, 2017

California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program (Spanish)  El Estado de California ha desarrollado este programa para ofrecer un seguro de automóvil accesible a buenos conductores con niveles de ingresos elegibles. Las pólizas son emitadas por compañías aseguradoras acreditadas en California. La ley estatal de California requiere que una póliza de seguro de automóvil de bajo costo de California cumple con las leyes de responsabilidad financiera. Filed Under: Automobiles Insurance on Apr 24, 2017

California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program

Library: English | California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program  The State of California has developed this program to provide income eligible, good drivers with access to affordable automobile liability insurance. The policies are issued by California licensed insurance companies. California state law provides that a California Low Cost Automobile Insurance policy satisfies financial responsibility laws. Category: Automobiles Insurance on Apr 24, 2017

Finding the right job training school - Seminar lesson plan and class activities

Library: English | Finding the right job training school - Seminar lesson plan and class activities  This downloadable packet guides community educators through a three hour presentation on finding the right job training program (also known as “trade” or “vocational” schools). The lesson plan helps prospective students discern which jobs require or recommend vocational training, recognize whether the program is appropriately accredited, learn which questions to ask the school to help identify fraudulent programs, understand the importance of community colleges, and determine their best options for paying for school. The lesson plan, which is designed to be used in conjunction with the downloadable PowerPoint presentation, also includes learning activities and a class evaluation form. Category: Consumer Rights on Mar 31, 2017

Finding the right job training school - PowerPoint Slides

Library: English | Finding the right job training school - PowerPoint Slides  This downloadable 22-slide PowerPoint presentation is designed to be used in conjunction with the seminar lesson plan. The slides provide a visual component to the training that will help to engage learners and improve retention. Category: Consumer Rights on Mar 29, 2017

Finding the right vocational, technical or trade school

Library: English | Finding the right vocational, technical or trade school Q&A backgrounder guide  This Consumer Action "question and answer" manual is designed to provide background information about evaluating job training schools and choosing and managing student loans for these programs. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the "Guide to finding the right job training school." There is also a lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation for use by consumer education trainers. Category: Consumer Rights on Mar 29, 2017

A guide to finding the right job training school (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | A guide to finding the right job training school (Spanish)  La formación profesional puede representar una valiosa inversión en su futuro, pero solo si la escuela o el programa son respetados y si el costo es razonable. Esta guía fue realizada para personas que están considerando inscribirse en un programa de formación profesional o en una escuela vocacional. El objetivo es ayudarles a tomar una decisión bien informada, evitar excesivos o indebidos préstamos estudiantiles y saber dónde acudir si creen que los ha defraudado una escuela con fines lucrativos. Filed Under: Consumer Rights on Mar 29, 2017

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