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Can I Pay My Taxes with a Credit Card?

John Ganotis | Blog | Feb 16, 2017

Yes, you can pay federal taxes on a credit card. The IRS gave consumers the right to pay with a credit card under the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Most states with a state income tax will allow you to pay with a credit card, too. But should you? Here are a few things to consider […]

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How Can I Get a Free FICO Score?

John Ganotis | Blog | Feb 01, 2017

Which Credit Cards Give Free Credit Scores? Most major credit card issuers have now started offering a credit score to cardholders, at least on some of their cards. Other companies offer a free credit score to anyone, regardless of whether he or she is a customer. We’ve researched which type of credit score is provided, which […]

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Does 0% credit utilization hurt my credit scores?

John Ganotis | Blog | Dec 22, 2016

If you already know what credit utilization is, you’re probably on the way to building great credit. It’s the percentage of your available credit that you’re using, and it’s a major factor in most credit scoring models. You may have also heard it called the “debt-to-limit” ratio. In general, you will earn more credit score points if you’re using 1% […]

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What credit score do I need to get a credit card?

John Ganotis | Blog | Dec 21, 2016

There is no exact credit score you need to get approved for a credit card. If I had to pick a number, I’d say you may run into trouble getting a credit card if you have a FICO score or VantageScore below about 600, but it’s more complicated than that. If you’re asking this question, there are some important things […]