Nearly 1,000 complaints have been submitted to the Texas Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau.
A company that purports to help consumers who are having tax problems has problems of its own in Texas.
Houston-based TaxMasters Inc. and its chief executive officer, Patrick Cox, are accused of multiple violations of the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Debt Collection Act.
According to the enforcement action filed by Attorney General Greg Abbott, the defendants unlawfully misled customers about their service contract terms, failed to disclose its no-refunds policy, and falsely claimed that the firm's employees would immediately begin work on a case -- despite the fact that TaxMasters did not actually start to work on a case until its customers paid in full for services, even if the delayed response meant taxpayers missed significant IRS deadlines.
Hey, 'boomerang' kids: Your parents may want a life of their own. Why not let them have it?
I have a friend whose oldest daughter, "Lindsay," got pregnant in college, dropped out and moved back home. And there she stayed for much of the past eight years, continuing to make dismal choices in men and causing a lot of drama for her mama.
Lindsay moved in with the most recent loser, who told a string of lies and then lit out for the territories. Now Lindsay wants her mom and dad to look for a rental house where they can all live together once more.
My friend, "Marie," hasn't given an answer yet. But she told me what it will be:
Taco Bell unveils $2 meals, plus we have tips for places to find free ice cream and free kids' meals.
It's a beautiful Friday morning in May (at least it’s beautiful where I am), and what more could anyone want but Friday food deals and freebies?
Taco Bell has unveiled four new $2 meal deals: your choice of a Beefy 5-Layer Burrito, a Gordita Supreme, a Grilled Chicken Burrito or a Double Decker Taco -- each with Doritos and a medium drink.
This sets a new low in pricing for fast-food meals, USA Today notes. At most low-price chains, three items off the $1 menu add up to $3, though Taco Bell already has some items that cost less than $1 each.
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This is a great idea that's ahead of its time.
At first glance, pay-by-the-mile auto insurance seems like a great idea: Drive a lot, pay more. Drive less and save. But what seems like a great idea has had difficulty gaining traction.
For a variety of reasons, including technology, regulations and marketing, pay-as-you-go auto insurance has stalled in all but one state.
And if you are thinking that California is the forward-thinking jurisdiction, think again. The winner here is Texas, but more about that in a minute.
If you have the palate to pick up the combination of flavors, why not?
Ah, the aroma, and then there's the taste: Hints of "apricot, pineapple, bergamot, kiwi and lime. The deeper tones are levels of chocolate, and the finish is super clean." But it's not wine.
- Bing:Coffee connoisseurs
That's the description from a connoisseur (he's also the guy who sells the beans) of the coffee made from the cherished Ethiopian Nekisse beans -- sold for $12 a cup at Café Grumpy, a New York City chain. One of those hilarious writers at The Gothamist said that “we detect notes of pretentious (potty word deleted -- you fill in the blank)."
What's bergamot? (As they say, if you have to ask, you can't afford it.) Regardless, would you pay $12 for a version of what many people consider a reliable delivery system for caffeine?
An inventor wins $25 million in a federal trial over a safety device that spares employees' fingers. Home Depot may appeal.
In a major victory for David over Goliath, a North Carolina man has been awarded nearly $25 million after a judge and jury found that Home Depot stole his invention.
The story began in 2004, when the home-improvement giant asked Michael Powell, who had worked with the company for 20 years as an independent contractor, to help solve a problem. Too many employees were cutting themselves when they cut wood for customers. If the company couldn’t reduce injuries, and quickly, it might have to quit cutting customers’ wood.
It didn’t take Powell long to come up with a solution, a “Safe Hands” device for radial saws. Home Depot loved it.
But the company didn’t want to pay the inventor $2,000 for each machine, a total of $4 million to outfit all 2,000 stores, according to a story in The Palm Beach Post. Home Depot offered $1,200 each. Powell said no.
A typical underwater homeowner can expect to recover lost equity in five to seven years.
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis of MSN Money.
The foreclosure tsunami continues. It would be interesting -- like a disaster movie is interesting -- if only our homes and property values weren't being sucked down into this whirlpool.
A new report says who's got the worst negative equity. (Well, duh. We can all probably recite these five states in our sleep: Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Michigan and California.)
It also has a little good news:
With gambling revenue down, resorts look for new ways to draw guests.
Getting a bargain for a trip to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other casino destinations is a safe bet these days.
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