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The Color of Money / Home & Consumer

Co-signing a loan? Think again

WASHINGTON -- I asked my grandmother to co-sign on a car when I graduated from college. Instead of a signature, what I got back was a big-time lecture from Big Mama on the dangers of co-signing.

Decades later, I can feel the heat of her fury that...

Color of Money: College is for learning, not debt

WASHINGTON -- A year ago, I was where many parents are right now. My daughter Monique Olivia was faced with the decision of where to attend college.

I'll admit I was pretty adamant leading up to the choice that many families have to make by May 1...

Color of Money: Some options for paying the IRS

WASHINGTON -- You're deeply in debt to the Internal Revenue Service when you hear a radio ad promising to settle the bill for a fraction of what you owe.

There will be a team of tax experts, some of whom used to work for the IRS, to help you ...

Color of Money: A scam that could tax you dearly

WASHINGTON -- Imagine your caller ID indicates the Internal Revenue Service is on the line.

You think, "I better answer this call." You are told that you owe a large tax bill and will need to immediately wire money to avoid serious consequences. ...

Color of Money: A boss with one taxing challenge

WASHINGTON -- John Koskinen could be relaxing in retirement, spending time with his four grandchildren.

Instead, he decided to take on the task of running an agency that is both feared and attacked.

As the 48th commissioner of the Internal ...