Susan Tompor, USA TODAY

Susan Tompor


Detroit, MI, United States

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Past articles by Susan:

How sharing Facebook post about lost pet could put you, friends at risk of scam

Anyone who loves pets might readily share a Facebook post about a missing cat or dog. But scammers know how to pull all sorts of tricks. → Read More

IRS warns that a tax credit everyone's heard about definitely isn't for everyone

Hearing you can get a tax credit worth up to $26,000 can make anyone think twice. But the IRS is warning that some bad advice could trip you up. → Read More

IRS is trying to eliminate paper tax return backlog with digital scanning

IRS gives an update on new digital processing efforts to avoid backlog woes that hit hard during the pandemic. More limited Saturday hours announced. → Read More

Michigan property tax bills to head higher in 2023, thanks to inflation

Michigan homeowners face higher property taxes after taxable values go up by 5% — the highest level in years. → Read More

Tax refunds: When they're issued by IRS, why they're smaller, yet millions more are issued

The average size of the federal income tax refund is down 11.3% but the IRS issued 18.2% more refunds. What gives? When does money show up? → Read More

There's no secret way to get free money or a big refund, IRS warns

A new tax filing season scam encourages people to file fake returns using a fictitious number for taxes already withheld from jobs they don't hold. → Read More

Is the IRS really texting you? No, it's one of many tax scams.

Tax seasons brings out the scammers once again. Hotlines already hear complaints of 'pop-up' scams, bogus texts, bad tax preparers and more. → Read More

Detroit rapper sentenced in multimillion-dollar tax fraud scheme

Sameerah Marrell, 42, formerly of Detroit, pleaded guilty on Jan. 11 to mail fraud, wire fraud and committing an offense on bond. → Read More

What to know about the 2023 tax credit for clean vehicles if you're car shopping

Comsumers must keep up with IRS guidance in 2023 if they plan to buy an electric vehicle and get a tax credit when they file tax returns next year. → Read More

MSU tragedy brings out fake photos and Spartan Strong scams

Those wishing to support MSU after the Feb. 13 mass shooting are warned to watchout for fake merchandise and Facebook posts. → Read More

IRS processing returns faster in first 3 weeks — but average refunds down 14%

Early tax refunds aren't as generous as they were a year ago. The average refund is down 14% for the first three weeks, compared with last year. → Read More

US credit card debt soars: What to know about rising rates, balance transfers

Credit card debt is higher than before the pandemic. Some borrowers in their 20s and 30s see more financial stress, even though job market is strong. → Read More

You can buy I Bonds with your tax refund: What to know about rates, deadline

The outlook for inflation is touch and go but experts say it's a good time to buy I Bonds before the end of April. How to use your tax refund, too. → Read More

IRS tells 21 states how to handle last year's special payments

Taxpayers in 21 states faced confusion on how to handle money they received in special state refunds or payments in 2022. The IRS finally has answers. → Read More

IRS already issues nearly 8 million refunds but average refund is much smaller

The 2023 tax season kicked off with nearly 8 million refunds being issued in the first two weeks but on average, refunds are smaller. → Read More

Online savings accounts, CDs are tempting while interest rates are high

Consumers who never thought of leaving a traditional bank are being tempted by online banks with names they don't recognize. → Read More

Tax season havoc starts early in several states — not Michigan

Taxpayers in more than 20 states, according to the National Taxpayer Advocate, are asked to wait to file 2022 returns until the IRS issues guidance. → Read More

IRS in Detroit to offer taxpayers help without an appointment: 4 days you can walk in

Taxpayers dealing with ID theft or other woes may be able to use Saturday walk-in hours that the IRS has scheduled in Feburary, March, April and May. → Read More

Inflation relief checks like Michigan proposal could be taxed. IRS doesn't know yet.

Several states rolled out rebates and relief checks in 2022. Now, the IRS has to say what's taxable. Michigan is looking at its own checks in 2023. → Read More

How inflation and taxes hit giant profit-sharing checks for autoworkers

This year, the tax bite itself might be less painful when you receive a bonus or profit-sharing check, thanks to new federal tax changes. → Read More