IRS Alerts Public to New Identity Theft Scams

MOUNTAINSIDE —The Internal Revenue Service reminds consumers to avoid identity theft scams that use the IRS name, logo or Web site in an attempt to convince taxpayers that the scam is a genuine communication from the IRS. Scammers may use other federal agency names, such as the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Planting Trees Can Cut Your Energy Bill

STATE—If you have ever escaped from blazing hot sun in a shady spot under a tree, you know how these natural air conditioners can make you feel more comfortable. A mature shade tree can block up to 90 percent of solar radiation, which could translate to a significant reduction in your home cooling cost. A Pennsylvania study found that air conditioning needs could be reduced by up to 75 percent by shading a house with trees!

Free Practice SAT Test

EDISON—High school juniors have the opportunity to take a free, full-length practice SAT test at the Edison Public Library on Aug. 11 at 9:30 a.m. The test will be proctored by Huntington Learning Center staff members.

Know Your Rights With Debt Collectors

Like many folks, I recently had an awkward encounter with a debt collector.
Someone had stolen my credit card number and used it to charge a hotel stay. Thanks to my card’s zero liability policy the charges were quickly reversed and I didn’t have to pay anything. But unbeknownst to me, the thief had booked an additional reservation, so my cancelled card was later charged a no-show fee.

Entrapment?

The news media tells about bribes and attempted bribes, but not that entrapment used to be a defense against these intrigues by government agents. When did that change?

Tips For Lowering Your Mortgage Payments

Many people are struggling to pay their mortgage as a result of the bad economy. Don’t despair if you are concerned about falling behind on payments. According to the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) there may be options available that can help make it easier to keep up with those monthly bills:

“Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” – 3 popcorns

The American Dream comes in all colors, creeds and religious persuasions. Or at least that’s the way we were taught it should be at Bragaw Ave. School in Newark, N.J., circa the 1950s. For the primarily Jewish residents of Dewey St., only a couple blocks away, this opportunity was each week celebrated by watching “The Goldbergs.” No relation.