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Reducing tax debt

May 26, 2017

Dear Consumer Ed:  I worked as an independent contractor the last two years while my wife was unemployed. During that time I did not file my taxes because we needed the money to make ends meet.  Now we owe the IRS and the Georgia Department of Revenue a total of $18,500 for back taxes and penalties.   We have no way to come up with that kind of money.  I have heard ads for tax resolution companies that say they can help reduce your tax debt, but I’m not sure if they are legitimate or not.  Is this something we should pursue? 

I don't think my elderly father is fit to drive anymore

May 18, 2017

Dear Consumer Ed:  My father is 87 years old, and I don’t believe he should be driving any longer.  I’ve told him that I’m afraid he’s going to hurt himself or someone else, but he just gets angry and refuses to discuss it. Short of stealing his car keys or becoming his legal guardian (which I am not interested in doing), is there anything I can do to prevent him from driving?   

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