The question is: How much in taxes should the city get if you book this online?
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July 30, 2010 Online travel companies such as Orbitz and Expedia don't believe they need to collect taxes on the full amount they charge for hotel rooms. This has led to a big lobbying fight in Congress and dozens of lawsuits nationwide.
July 30, 2010 A battle is being waged by small businesses, accountants, and members of Congress to repeal a new tax reporting requirement in the health law. But it could raise $16 billion for the government.
July 30, 2010 How you make your reservation -- through an online travel company or directly with the hotel -- could determine how much a city is able to collect.
Angel Blas, 51, stands in his backyard with one of his pet guinea pigs. A law firm persuaded him to pay $3,500 to negotiate with his lender to refinance his mortgage. Blas says the firm took no action.
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July 29, 2010 Latino communities are being especially hard hit by foreclosure rescue scams. Massachusetts is one of a handful of states that are fighting back with anti-fraud laws.
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Damon Corkern, who works for ECS Solar Energy Systems, installs solar panels on a house roof in Gainesville, Fla.
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July 29, 2010 A White House-backed program to allow property owners to pay for energy-efficiency improvements through property tax assessments may be shut down. The federal agency that oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac says the program poses a risk to mortgage lenders.
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Cindy Lohman is seen holding a photo of her son Ryan, who was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. She says she feels betrayed by Prudential, his life insurance company.
July 28, 2010 Life insurance companies boost their bottom lines by holding on to death benefits owed to families of service members and millions of other Americans, an investigation by Bloomberg Markets magazine found. Cindy Lohman, whose son was killed in Afghanistan, says she feels betrayed by his life insurance company, Prudential.
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July 27, 2010 Court-appointed attorney Irving Picard is facing an uphill battle as he tries to recover money from those who came out of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme as winners. With lawsuits pending to recover $17 billion, Picard hopes to return more than 50 cents on the dollar to the many losers.
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July 26, 2010 People who made a profit by investing with Bernard Madoff before the Ponzi scheme collapsed could reportedly face lawsuits -- even if they didn't know anything illegal was going on.
July 25, 2010 This weekend, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America brought its "Save the Dream" tour to Washington D.C. With lenders by its side, the group helps homeowners modify their mortgages to the point that they're affordable. But one major bank is no longer part of the "Dream."
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July 25, 2010 When President Obama signed into law a landmark bill to overhaul financial regulations this past week, much of the discussion focused on protections for borrowers. But the new law is supposed to make life better for savers, too. Host Liane Hansen talks to Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about the impact of the new financial regulation law on savers and how they may benefit from it.
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U.S. pay czar Kenneth Feinberg says executive payouts were "ill-advised," but critics say he should have acted more forcefully.
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July 23, 2010 Kenneth Feinberg said excessive executive payouts that 17 large U.S. banks made while they were on government life support were "ill-advised." Some of the firms guaranteed payments regardless of performance.
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July 23, 2010 One in every five government loans that entered repayment in 1995 has gone into default, according to a recent report released by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Department of Education is undercounting student loan defaults, Chronicle reporter Kelly Field tells NPR.
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July 22, 2010 Following passage by the House, the unemployment extension bill will bring some relief to those whose benefits ran out in June. Critics say the extension encourages people to game the system. Others believe the money should be spent on a stimulus while the economy is still trying to recover and jobs are scarce.
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Tickets stubs from long ago show concerts seemed to be more affordable.
July 22, 2010 Are ticket prices really so bad? Like everything in life, the answer may not be obvious.
A sign lists the costs for checking baggage with American Airlines last month at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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July 22, 2010 The industry was clobbered after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Then the global economy soured, fuel prices climbed and people stopped traveling. In response, airlines reduced flights and slashed payrolls. They began charging for food and luggage. But now, with the demand for tickets strong, the airlines are in the driver's seat.
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