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Odd Tax Write-Offs the IRS Must Accept

Odd Tax Write-Offs the IRS Must Accept

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s April 15, time to assess whether your 2013 federal tax bill was too high. You may be surprised to learn that the IRS allows tax breaks for some unusual reasons. With the help of Laura Scherler from MyFreeTaxes, ABC N…

Cocktails, Free Food and Other Tax Day Deals

Cocktails, Free Food and Other Tax Day Deals

Arbys(NEW YORK) — On Tax Day, corporate America feels your pain.
Providers of everything from French fries to cocktails to hotel rooms to apple-scented urinal screens reading “Abolish The IRS” will be going out of their way Tuesday to try to make you …

Social Security Administration Ceases Old Debt Collection

Social Security Administration Ceases Old Debt Collection

zimmytws/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After objections by some taxpayers, the Social Security Administration has decided to stop trying to collect on taxpayers’ debts that are more than 10 years old. Until now, the U.S. Treasury was seizing state and …

Detroit Launches eBay-Like Site to Buy Abandoned Homes

Detroit Launches eBay-Like Site to Buy Abandoned Homes

BuildingDetroit.org(DETROIT) — In the amount of time it took you to click on this story, you could be on your way to purchasing a house in Detroit. The city launched a new website Tuesday allowing users to bid for homes on auction as if they were item…

Want a Bargain Wedding? Try a Sewage Plant

Want a Bargain Wedding? Try a Sewage Plant

King County WTD(KING COUNTY, Wash.) — For hundreds of dollars less than typical venues, you can host your wedding at a Washington state sewage plant.“Need a place to party?” the King County Wastewater Treatment Division wrote on its Facebo…

No Time to Waste on Tax Returns

No Time to Waste on Tax Returns

robeo/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The clock is ticking down on the deadline to file your 2013 tax returns. You must file something by midnight Tuesday or face a penalty. April 15 is when the bill is due for any taxes owed. “The late payment penalties…

New Yorkers Hate State Taxes the Most

New Yorkers Hate State Taxes the Most

Scott Rothstein/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — With the moment of reckoning having arrived, millions are trudging to the Post Office or their computers on Tuesday to file their tax returns.In addition to what’s owed to the federal government, there are also…

Nearly One-in-Five Say Personal Data Online Was Stolen

Nearly One-in-Five Say Personal Data Online Was Stolen

scyther5/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Americans are clearly concerned that their online privacy can be easily compromised.According to a Pew Research Center report, 18 percent of 1,000 adults polled in late January said they’ve had personal information sw…

Get Your Google Glass, One Day Only

Get Your Google Glass, One Day Only

Google(NEW YORK) — Google plans to make its wearable Internet device, the Google Glass, available to any adult in the U.S. on Tuesday but for one day only.According to a release from Google, the device will be sold online for $1,500, which includes a …

Why Google Just Bought a Drone Company

Why Google Just Bought a Drone Company

Hemera/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Google acquired Titan Aerospace, a drone company, Monday, just one month after it was reportedly being eyed by Facebook.“It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access …

With Gas Prices Rising, California Drivers Are Hurting the Most

With Gas Prices Rising, California Drivers Are Hurting the Most

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Gas prices are skyrocketing in some areas of the country, but California is seeing the biggest jump.
In California the price of regular unleaded has jumped 13 cents in the past week — 16 cents higher than at this time …

Stocks Finish Higher; Top Execs Out at GM

Stocks Finish Higher; Top Execs Out at GM

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Shoppers were out in full force last month, pushing retail sales up more than 1 percent.  That got investors in a buying mood Monday, along with a better-than=expected quarterly report from Citigroup.  The Dow J…

How a Man Scored $7 Flights for a Bachelor Party in Vegas, and Other Travel Hacks

How a Man Scored $7 Flights for a Bachelor Party in Vegas, and Other Travel Hacks

ABC News(NEW YORK) — How would you like to take a vacation to Hawaii for just $5? Or how about flying first class to Paris for a romantic weekend for almost nothing?It may sound too good to be true, but it’s possible if you know how to “tr…

Volvo’s Ingenious Inflatable Infant Car Seat

Volvo’s Ingenious Inflatable Infant Car Seat

Volvo Cars/YouTube(NEW YORK) — Swedish car company Volvo says it is working on an inflatable child car seat that weighs less than 11 pounds and can fit neatly in a backpack.It’s still in the conceptual stage, but the car seat would inflate in 40…

US Airways Apologizes for Pornographic Tweet

US Airways Apologizes for Pornographic Tweet

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — US Airways has apologized for sending an X-rated Twitter message in response to a customer complaint.The pornographic photo was quickly deleted — but not before dozens of social media users captured the screen image…

E-Cigarette Crackdown Coming?

E-Cigarette Crackdown Coming?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pressure is growing for federal regulation of the booming e-cigarette industry. Supporters say e-cigs help people quit the habit, giving them the nicotine they crave without the unhealthy smoke of traditional cigarettes. …

Is Unlimited Coffee Subscription Service Worth It?

Is Unlimited Coffee Subscription Service Worth It?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York City gained access this weekend to an unlimited coffee subscription service that tries to compete with brew giants like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. CUPS, the Israeli-originated app, currently partners wit…

Google Looks to Match Online Ads to In-Store Purchases

Google Looks to Match Online Ads to In-Store Purchases

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Google wants retailers to know exactly what they’re getting when spending large amounts of money on Internet advertising.The online search and advertising leader is reportedly partnering with half a dozen retailers …

Meal-Kit Delivery Services Streamline Cooking, Grocery Shopping

Meal-Kit Delivery Services Streamline Cooking, Grocery Shopping

Blue Apron(NEW YORK) — It’s been a common dilemma for the home cook for decades: A new recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon of an unusual ingredient, such as curry paste or caraway seeds, but purchasing an entire bottle of either means the remainder may end …

Google Glass to Be Available to Adults in US for One Day Only

Google Glass to Be Available to Adults in US for One Day Only

Google(NEW YORK) — Google plans to make is polarizing wearable internet device, the Google Glass, available to any adult in the United States on Tuesday, but for one day only.According to a release from Google, the device will be sold online for $1,50…

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