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March 1, 2001 | Associated Press
A federal judge barred H&R Block, the nation's largest income tax preparer, from using misleading phrases to advertise its Rapid Refund loan program and ordered it to pay more than $500,000 to an upstart rival. U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk, Va., accused H&R Block of deliberately and maliciously using deceptive advertising to draw customers in the Hampton Roads, Va., area just as a competing tax preparation service was launching its business there.
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March 1, 2001 | Associated Press
A federal judge barred H&R Block, the nation's largest income tax preparer, from using misleading phrases to advertise its Rapid Refund loan program and ordered it to pay more than $500,000 to an upstart rival. U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk, Va., accused H&R Block of deliberately and maliciously using deceptive advertising to draw customers in the Hampton Roads, Va., area just as a competing tax preparation service was launching its business there.
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August 27, 2006 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
The nation's new pension law may have an unexpected effect on your ability to deduct charitable contributions. The Pension Protection Act of 2006, passed this month, was aimed at shoring up the beleaguered defined-benefit pension system. But it includes a variety of unrelated provisions, including some that govern the type of proof that will now be required to claim tax breaks for gifts to charities, including cash and clothing given to organizations such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
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March 8, 2009 | Kathy M. Kristof
Michael and Kathy Hale are losers in America's new, and often vexing, game of tax break hide-and-seek. The reason: They bought a first home at the end of November -- one month and seven days too soon. The date of the purchase cost them $8,000.
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