Category Archive: Tips & Advice

May 03

Iowa Attorney General warns: That IRS call might now be legit

DES MOINES – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is warning citizens that contrary to past practices, the IRS just might give you a call and offered tips to determine whether the call is legitimate.

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Feb 03

Iowa DOT offers advice for purchasing vehicles from online sources

ANKENY – Jan. 17, 2017 – Dreaming of that next vehicle purchase? Online car shopping can be a great way to pass some time, but if you’re seriously looking to purchase a vehicle from an online seller, the Iowa Department of Transportation has a few tips and tricks to make the purchase a success.

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Oct 25

Company Selling Envelope Stuffing Scheme to Cease Marketing to Iowans

DES MOINES – An Arizona company advertising that consumers can earn thousands per week by stuffing and mailing envelopes at home will cease marketing to Iowans, through an agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller. The company, called Saguaro, of Scottsdale, collects up-front “application fees” of $100-$400, and claims to pay consumers $10 each time Saguaro receives a …

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Oct 18

Small Business: Get Tips on Winter Weather Survival At Free Webinar

WASHINGTON – Whether it’s pounding, relentless rainstorms or massive snowstorms, winter weather presents many risks for business shutdowns, property damage and even loss of life. Now is a good time to make a plan to stay open for business, while protecting your employees and customers from the dangers of severe winter weather.

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Oct 05

Free Start Smart Workshop to be offered in Mason City

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a free two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business.  At Start Smart, participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership, and learn how to register …

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Sep 30

Attorney General warns Iowa flood victims and “storm chasers” about consumer protections

CEDAR RAPIDS – Attorney General Tom Miller today cautioned both consumers and contractors that certain consumer protection laws are in place to safeguard Iowa’s flood victims.

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Sep 24

Alliant Energy advises caution around flooded homes and businesses

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – September 23, 2016 – With severe flooding happening and predicted in Iowa and Wisconsin, Alliant Energy is giving a few reminders to keep customers safe.

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Sep 24

Iowans with Yahoo accounts urged to change identical login information used in other accounts

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller urges Iowans with Yahoo accounts to review other usernames, passwords and security questions they may use, in the wake of the company’s announcement of what may be one of the largest data breaches ever.

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Sep 22

Iowa Attorney General reaches agreement with “sucker” list seller

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller today filed consumer fraud lawsuits against two out-of-state mailing operations that Miller alleges are predatory businesses that use deceptive mailings to profit from the elderly and other vulnerable Iowans.

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Jul 16

Free Start Smart Workshop to be offered in Mason City

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a free two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business. At Start Smart, participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership, …

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Jun 02

Feds look to end payday loan traps

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today proposed a rule aimed at ending payday debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers have the ability to repay their loans. 

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May 23

Employers must protect workers from excessive heat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.

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May 22

Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Six Trail Mix Products Due to Possible Health Risk

DES MOINES – Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling six trail mix products across its eight-state region due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Apr 24

Top 10 ways to prepare for retirement

From the U.S. Department of Labor: Financial security in retirement doesn’t just happen. It takes planning and commitment and, yes, money.

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Apr 12

Be Wary of Tax Return Scams, Pay Your Federal Income Taxes On Time and In Full

CEDAR RAPIDS – Federal officials in Cedar Rapids are offering a public service announcement as this year’s tax season begins to wrap up. With April 18th (the federal tax filing date) just around the corner, now is a good time to talk about careful and timely filing of tax returns.

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Mar 29

Time running out to claim $950 million in refunds for 2012 tax returns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – If you did not file a tax return for 2012, you may be one of nearly one million taxpayers who may be due a refund from that year. If you are, you must claim your share of almost $950 million by April 18.

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Mar 01

Employment protections for Iowa workers who are pregnant or nursing

Know the employment protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing in Iowa:

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Feb 04

Phishing remains on the IRS “dirty dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2016 filing season.

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Jan 28

Feds offer tips to keep your data safe and private

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Homeland Security talked about tips to keep your online data private and safe. Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, talked about this important subject which affects millions of Americans:

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Jan 20

Register your drone for free until Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Did you get a drone for Christmas? Did you know that you must register all drones with the federal government, by law?

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Jan 06

Police say counterfeiters passing fake money at Iowa businesses, offer tips

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Cedar Rapids Police Department reported today that they have collected thousands of dollars in fake currency from local businesses, and offered tips to merchants on identifying counterfeit money.

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Jan 01

Feds offer tips on preventing seasonal flu outbreaks at work

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s winter, and people will get sick.  Bringing that illness into the workplace is not advised, but we all know people will show up under the weather and expose others to their ailment.  

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Dec 23

20 questions before starting your business

So you’ve got what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Now, ask yourself these 20 questions to make sure you’re thinking about the right key business decisions:

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Dec 22

Police: Beware of fake Iowa auto dealership selling cars

AMES – Police in Ames are warning of an auto dealership with a website that is attempting to sell cars – but the business doesn’t actually exist.

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Dec 21

Follow these 10 steps when starting a new business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business. Click on the links to learn more.

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