Set Up IRS Account to Foil Fraud

April 14, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A new type of fraud has been common this year, where a thief files an income tax return for an unsuspecting individual and then receives the tax refund.  It is a clever plan, but not very … [Read more...]

How To File For A Tax Extension

April 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell

More than 10 million people file for an automatic extension of the time to prepare their federal tax return each year.  Are you going to be one of those people this year?  I am.  In fact, I've … [Read more...]

Navy Testing Longer Childcare and Fitness Hours

April 10, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If you live near the Naval Base in Bremerton, Washington, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia, or the Naval Station in San Diego, California, keep an eye out … [Read more...]

Scary Reasons to Have the Right Auto Insurance (Plus How!)

April 09, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I'm in the United States for a few days, and I have been having all the usual visiting America experiences:  shock at all the stores and restaurants, tons of food, and amazement at all the television … [Read more...]

15 April 2015 Military Pay

April 08, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military  pay day is Wednesday, 15 April 2015.  When will your pay be in your bank account and available to spend?  That depends on your bank or credit union, and … [Read more...]

Entitlements on Your LES

April 07, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every month, military service members receive a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES). Raleigh has done a great job of reviewing LES basics in this article, How To Read A Military LES.  It's an epic … [Read more...]

Lodging Costs Vary Dramatically

April 06, 2015 | Kate Horrell

After a few years around the military, I have finally gotten the hang of the hows and whys of the costs for the various types of military lodging available.  Maybe. Each branch of the military has … [Read more...]

NFCU Issuing New Credit Cards

April 03, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A friend who works for Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) just told me that I should be expecting new credit cards in the mail relatively soon.  I asked if they would be chip-and-PIN cards, and she … [Read more...]

Know Your Benefits Before You Need Them

April 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the last few weeks, I've had quite a few request to fund various charitable or crowdfunding campaigns for military or veteran families who are allegedly in a tight position.  One thing that jumps … [Read more...]

Homestead Exemption Warnings

April 01, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the ongoing conversation about domicile and residence, one important issue can not be emphasized enough:  taking a homestead exemption on your real property taxes for a house is a huge indicator … [Read more...]

Tricare Scams Abound – Be Careful

March 31, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It seems that there has been a significant increase in scammers who are targeting military families who use Tricare health insurance.  These scammers use telephone contact to try to learn important … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy

March 30, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Readers, I hope that you can help your fellow Paycheck Chronicles readers and me out by telling us about the tricks and tips for using the Tricare mail order pharmacy. Readers ask me about it, and I … [Read more...]

More Military Child Summer Camp Info

March 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

It's been a few months since I wrote about free and reduced cost summer camp opportunities for military children, and I have found some more programs that might interest you.  I'm including all … [Read more...]

Better Instructions To Transfer GI Bill

March 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Last week, Navy leadership announced an update to the official instruction for the transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members.  While it is a Navy specific instruction, the … [Read more...]