The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is viewed in Washington, DC, February 19, 2014.

When the IRS telephones, the good news is, it may not be the IRS. Bad news: it may be a scam. The government is warning taxpayers about a new, large scale fraud involving phone calls from people pretending to be the Internal Revenue Service.

Yesterday was the official start of Spring and to mark the occasion, Walmart is launching a “Black Friday”-like sale for outdoor items. Black Friday, of course, kicks-off the Christmas shopping season and it’s when retailers make most of their profits. But is there really a Black-Friday-like demand for gardening and outdoor supplies in the Spring?

And, what would happen if Congress enacted the Senate version of immigration reform? You might expect that workers who are currently undocumented would immediately move up the economic ladder. But many of them won’t.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report.


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