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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?   

Timeshare Resale Scams

May 3, 2017

Dear Consumer Ed:  I own a timeshare in Mexico. A company in Georgia said they could help me sell it for a fee. I’m a little leery about this. How do I know it’s not a scam?  

Mystery Shopper Scam

March 22, 2017

Dear Consumer Ed:  After taking an online survey, I received an offer for a mystery shopper job.  I completed a brief online training and I was sent a check for $1,300 to start work.  The first job was to evaluate a wire transfer service by sending a $1,000 money transfer and then answering some questions about the experience. They said I could keep the remaining $300 as my fee.  They even said I should wait a week before making the transfer to allow the check to clear first, but it still sounds fishy to me.  What do you think?

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