Marketplace Money for Friday, December 14, 2012
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It's the season for giving, and this year that apparently includes company bonuses. Workers are also giving back to their companies, by skipping vacations. How has charity changed over time and why 'tis better to give than to receive? Plus, we give you a first hand lesson in Christmas tree buying and share why some people think you shouldn't volunteer for the holidays.
Posted In: volunteering, holidays
This time of year, the spirit of volunteerism begins to creep out of the deepest reaches of the cerebral cortex and sends well-meaning people in search of a deserving outlet for a helping hand. Commentator Zachary Slobig says for the greater good, please resist that impulse.
Posted In: Christmas, Christmas tree
Every December, millions of Americans spend their hard-earned money on Christmas trees. To find out why this tradition persists and how consumers decide which tree is right for their budget, Tony Cox visited a busy Christmas tree lot in L.A.
Posted In: holiday, salary
It used to be that you might get a turkey from your boss as a holiday bonus, but today a bonus check is more like it.
Posted In: letters, Taxes
Can moving expenses be written off of your taxes if you relocated to be closer to your mate? How should you report a large gift to a non-dependent? Financial expert Louis Barajas answers listeners' questions related to end-of-year filing.