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  • I-5 Traffic Woes In Olympia Again This Weekend

    waroadworkI5Drivers are once again being asked to avoid Interstate 5 in Olympia this weekend as crews finish concrete work on the second half of an aging expansion joint spanning the roadway. Many people took the Washington State Department of Transportation’s advice… Read More +

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  • Robbery Suspect's Wife Starts Crowdfunding Page

    WinstonThe wife of a suspected and wounded bank robber began a crowdfunding site for him right before she was arrested. The Tacoma News Tribune reports that 26-year-old Brittney Winston launched the campaign on Fundly.com, contending her husband is an Army veteran… Read More +

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  • Morrison's HR In 9th Puts M's Past Angels 3-1

    mariners400Logan Morrison hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that broke a scoreless tie, and the Seattle Mariners boosted their wild-card hopes with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. With just their third win in nine games, the Mariners pulled within one game of the slumping Oakland Athletics for the second AL wild-card spot.

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File Your Taxes Early to Avoid Thieves Snatching Your Refund

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_e9ec1f00b1.jpgcabania/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- If you haven't started working on your tax returns yet, you may want to get going -- tax thieves could claim your refund before you do if they have your Social Security number and other information. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service issued billions of dollars of tax refunds to thieves.

"They have computers and they come up with fake ID numbers and they file tax returns and they create phony W-2 forms," says Kevin McCormally of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, explaining how criminals get away with it. McCormally says refunds go out before all the documents are checked.

"The IRS will not even see your W-2 form until long after it has sent you your refund. It doesn't get that from Social Security until the summertime," he points out.

If somebody does manage to snatch your refund, McCormally says "it can take a year to get things straightened out."

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