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Features by Audrey Quinn

Screenshot from a 2015 Turbo Tax commercial asking, "Did you get married last year?"

Getting married can cost you at tax time

When both spouses earn similar incomes, married couples may pay more in taxes.
Posted In: Taxes, marriage penalty, Earned Income Tax Credit, marriage, tax
Some tax preparers have been using predatory business practices against low-income customers.

Predatory tax preparers target low-income households

Some tax preparers charge high fees and make dubious loans to vulnerable clients.
Posted In: tax refunds, tax preparation, low-income, predatory lending

Overdue reassessments hit homeowners hard

Some cities and towns hadn't reassessed property values in decades.
Posted In: property tax
Paper books on a table are, of course, on sale.

Why books always seem to have a discounted price

A look at why and how retailers use cheap book prices as a selling point.
Posted In: Books, bookstore, borders

Sea World celebrates 50 years amid animal care concerns

Despite “Blackfish,” SeaWorld generated more than $1 billion last year
Posted In: sea world, animals, marine life, animal rights, documentary film

Big shot directors are making indie films for Prada

Just about every major fashion house has a short indie film, and they're hiring top directors like Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola.
Posted In: film, Prada, Gucci, sundance

Trading tweets for designer perfume at Fashion Week

Social media currency that can be exchanged for actual products
Posted In: Fashion Week, Twitter, Marc Jacobs

How to sell your hair for $4,000

What the interest in selling body parts - like hair, breast milk, and eggs - says about our economy.
Posted In: selling your hair, kidney sales

Rite Aid drug sales: The profit in generics

Generics have a 50 percent bigger markup in comparison with brand-name drugs.
Posted In: Walgreens, pharmaceuticals, generic drugs

In signing up the young, it's slow going

For Obamacare to work, the "young invincibles" need to sign up. And, so far, they're not.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, Obamacare

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