9 Simple Ways to Save Money on Energy Costs

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union
USA Today recently published an article saying winter energy bills have increased nationwide, anywhere from 5% up to 54% depending on the energy source. On top of that, natural gas, which heats about half of American homes, recently hit a five year high. If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for warm weather so you can stop worrying about winter energy bills. But even though it can’t be summer all the time, some simple changes can still save you a lot of money:

What You Need To Know About Taxes and Deposit Account Interest

Patrick Russo
It may come as no surprise, but the IRS taxes the interest paid to you on your basic deposit accounts as taxable income. Financial institutions that pay you more than $10 in interest (or dividends as they are called at Greater Nevada Credit Union) on your deposits in a given year are required to report that amount by filing a Form 1099-INT. Even if you do not receive a copy of the 1099-INT filed by your financial institution, the IRS still expects you to report the interest income earned. If you have not yet filed your 2013 tax returns (and even if you have), it may help you cover your bases to be aware of some tax policies that affect your basic deposit accounts.

Tax Fraud: How It Could Affect Your Tax Return

Kyle Brice
Greater Nevada Credit Union

When I hear the term tax fraud I always think of illustrious criminal Al Capone and his eventual downfall caused by tax evasion. While Capone’s crime involved trying to avoid filing a tax return, modern day criminals are trying to do just the opposite. These fraudsters are filing a multitude of tax returns claiming false refund amounts. How does a criminal filing a false tax claim affects you? They might be doing it with your name.