In his new book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, author David Cay Johnston examines the fees that companies have added over the years that have made bills incrementally larger. He tells Fresh Air that companies are misusing language to "confuse people."
Every election season, the political signs that sprout like dandelions from lawns across America also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. But it can just as easily turn them away.
Jazz legend Andrew White has spent a lifetime making up his own rules — both for making music, and for running his prolific one-man publishing company, "Andrew's Music," which turns 41 years old this month.
We've heard the warnings of a looming economic disaster if Congress fails to avert a "fiscal cliff" by the end of the year. Economists hope lawmakers will act after November's election, but what if Congress runs out of time?
Two reports referring to Americans who do not pay taxes included mentions of active-duty military service members. Military personnel do pay federal income tax. But there are exemptions for some, including those who are serving in designated combat zones.
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