Month: October 2014

Should you rent or buy a house?

For many folks, the lyrics of a 1960s rock song summarize the American dream: “Our house is a very, very, very fine house.” According to U.S. Census figures, about two thirds of American families are homeowners. But buying a house…

What to ask before you buy a franchise

Starting a business from scratch is a daunting proposition. For almost any new company, the entrepreneur must find a suitable location, hire skilled employees, create a product or service that fills an untapped niche, set up a reliable accounting system,…

Time is limited for claiming a tax refund

So you overpaid your federal income taxes, life got busy, and you forgot to file a return to claim your refund. You’ll get around to it — but will you get around to it in time to get your money…

IRS Calling? Don’t be Fooled

People have reported a particularly aggressive phone scam in the last several months. Immigrants are frequently targeted. Potential victims are threatened with deportation, arrest, having their utilities shut off, or having their driver’s licenses revoked. Callers are frequently insulting or…