Government Resources for Consumer Credit Education and Awareness

The IRS offers tax preparation assistance to consumersThe US Government is the Number 1 source of consumer credit education and awareness information through any number of government websites.

This page provides a directory of some of the more relevant government offered consumer credit information:

The FTC provides consumers credit and financial education resources

FTC Consumer Education Resources

The Federal Trade Commission or FTC is charged with protecting America’s consumers. They provide an incredibly rich resource for consumers interested in educating themselves on every consumer credit topic imaginable.

Here’s a few ideas on how to get started on the path to becoming an educated, wise-credit using consumer:

FTC Credit Education Resources

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation educates consumers on identity theft and fraudThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The mandate of the FDIC is to provide insurance for our deposits in insured banks. They also maintain and extensive list of resources dealing with Consumer Protection.

Visit the FDIC Consumer Protection site for advice on

These are a few of the financial and consumer protection topics you can access on the FDIC site.

Home Affordable ProgramsThe Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) – The US Government set up this program to help struggling homeowners stay in their homes by offering assistance with mortgage modification as well as foreclosure alternatives. They also offer a learning center with access to regularly scheduled webinars discussing specifics, qualifications and how-tos for their mortgage relief programs.

The IRS offers taxpayer assistance services and resourcesThe IRS – With estimates ranging from 15,000 to 70,000 pages, the US tax code is so complex that we can’t even find an accurate estimate of its size. Small wonder that we employ over 1.2 million professional tax preparers to help us muddle through at tax time. Oddly enough, one of the better resources, for dealing with taxes is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) itself.

The IRS provides extensive online tax preparation and employs a small army of experts to handle telephone inquiries. And, for low income and elderly preparers, the IRS provides the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify.

IRS Links


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