Tuesday, February 28, 2017

KARN: Cell Phone Plan Wars Continue, Don't Get Scammed on Your Tax + Spring Break Planning

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Cell Phone Unlimited Wireless Plan Wars Continue

USAToday:  AT&T announced two new optional plans on Monday. The first is called Unlimited Plus, which gives customers a receive a $25 credit on their monthly TV services (either DirectTV or U-verse).   Customer can also get 10 GB data speed with this new program.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that AT&T dropped the requirement for customers who wanted unlimited to tether it to their DirecTV or U-verse subscriptions.

Customers who still want unlimited wireless on AT&T without tying it to a TV subscription have that option.

The second new plan, Unlimited Choice, gives customers unlimited data for $60 a month (for a single line) or $155 a month for four lines. However this more budget friendly option on has a maximum speed of 3Mbps.

Before you rush out and make changes to your plan be sure to evaluate what you really need and compare prices.

Tax Tip... Be Cautious of IRS Scams

Most Americans are very fearful of being audited by the IRS (I know I feel like I am holding my breath until tax season is over).   The reality is that an audit by the IRS for an average American is not very likely.  Audit rates for households that make $200,000 annually is less than 1%.  However the fear exists due to  scam artists who threaten the worst, including police knocking down your door if you don’t pay a phony tax bill immediately.


  • The IRS will not initiate first contact with a tax payer over the phone, email, text or social media... they will send a letter.
  • The IRS will not demand payment via gift cards or pre-paid debit cards.
  • Most correspondence from the IRS is requesting missing documents/forms or an adjustment to your return rather than an audit.

Report potential fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov

Credit USAToday

Spring Break and Vacation Deals

Every Kid in a Park offers a National Parks 2017 Pass for free to the families of interested 2016-2017 fourth graders. That's a savings of $80. This pass grants admission to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon. The pass expires August 31.

According to DealNews Southwest Airlines via DealBase discounts Southwest Airlines 1-Way Fares Nationwide with prices starting at $39. (On the DealBase landing page, click on "Southwest Airlines" in the top line to see this sale.)  Book this travel deal by March 2 for travel from March 14 through June 14.  Prices vary by locations and days of the week.

    • Hint: To find the best deals, search for departure and return flights on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday and use the “Flexible dates” option.
Shop Groupon for savings on vacations and activities around Arkansas and the World.  Ending tonight you can save an extra 50% Off Local Deals when you enter code DEAL50 (excludes Getaways).

Free Disney Vacation Planning: Concierge Disney vacation planning service

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