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Consumer Watch - Free Tax Prep at Walmart? | Brian Rae

HR Block has teamed up with Wal Mart to offer in store free tax prep, however it is “free” for clients that filed a 1040 EZ, just 16% of their clients. This does not include taxpayers with kids, any requesting the earned income tax credit or any non standard deductions. 

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

President’s Recess Appointment Gives Watchdog Teeth It Needs To Protect ConsumersBrian RaeEd Mierzwinski

Kudos to President Obama for standing up for consumers this week by making a recess appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  The President’s action means that the CFPB now has all its powers to protect the public from unfair financial practices, whether by banks or other financial firms, such as payday lenders and credit bureaus.

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Data breaches in 2011 carry unknown personal costs

In 2011, news about the loss of personal data became background noise. Unless it happened to you.

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Media Hit | Food

Should Government Subsidize Crops Used in Junk Food?

As the obesity epidemic continues, consumer advocates at PIRG are asking whether Washington should subsidize crops used to make junk food.

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New laws for 2012

Consumers will be able to put some cash back into their wallets with a new law on gift cards.

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Loan Shark Hunting

HOMEOWNERS AROUND OREGON who fall into foreclosure because of fine print and lost paperwork may be the victims of fraud. But misleading lenders can't be prosecuted because a loophole in Oregon law exempts mortgage banks from the state's Unlawful Trade Practices Act.

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Where's the Help for Homeowners?

The plight of two Bend families illustrates what many say is the government’s failure to stem the housing crisis, as the Knights and the Costas wonder ...

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TOY SAFETY TIPS ON-THE-GO

From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets, see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop.

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