Monthly Archives: March 2014


5 Strategies to beat a tax audit

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The clock is ticking down to April 15, but entrepreneurs may have bigger tax worries. The IRS has said it is refocusing its audit efforts on sole proprietors and other small businesses. If there’s good news, it’s that the risk of an audit is still low. In 2013, S corporations and partnerships both had audit […]

When 50% off is a bad deal

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Saving 50% is easy these days with so many daily deal web sites, right? Wrong. Even as sites branch out to offer more luxe experiences and wild adventures, there are more terms and conditions that can add to your out-of-pocket costs. In some cases, the “full” price you’re getting a discount on includes estimated value […]

Tallying the cost of prepaid cards

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Picking a prepaid card can be as complex as picking a checking account or credit card–and the consequences of choosing poorly, as expensive. But now, it’s getting a little easier to compare options as issuers begins adopting a new set of voluntary fee disclosures. Unfamiliar with prepaid cards? Think of them as a checking account […]

How junk food marketers are reaching students

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First Lady Michelle Obama recently introduced new regulations that would bar marketers from pitching junk food on school property, but in-classroom technology may still expose kids to ads for unhealthy products. Marketers are spending more on web ads and other digital promotions to catch kids’ attention,  even as schools introduce more in-classroom technology. In 2008, […]