BBB offers tips on choosing the right tax preparer

Need help filing your taxes? Your BBB encourages you to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cost a lot–in IRS-related headaches, fines, and fees. Every year, BBB receives thousands of complaints against tax preparers. Complainants often say the tax preparer made errors in their return, which resulted in fines and fees….

Don’t let scammers make an ‘April fool’ out of you

Ever had the wool pulled over your eyes or taken a wooden nickel? It can happen to the best of us, but with a little knowledge and a bit more caution, you can avoid becoming a scam artist’s next “April fool.” The scammer might try to get you with a phishing email asking you to click…

Staying safe on social media sites: BBB offers advice

Social media is a great way to be entertained and stay in touch with friends and family. Unfortunately, social media sites can get you in trouble if you let your guard down. Clicking on the wrong links could infect your computer or phone with malware or even lead to ID theft. Your BBB has the…

BBB warns: Don’t get taken by a government grant scam

Your BBB gets a lot of calls from people who had suspicious calls from scammers saying they qualify for a government grant. In reality, you have to apply for government grants. They will never come to you from out of the blue. If you’re not familiar with how government grants work, the prospect of “free money” from…

Get those AC units tuned up before it heats up!

BBB offers advice for choosing the right AC repair company Nice spring weather might be a welcome break from winter, but in Texas, it’s just a matter of time before warm days turn into blazing hot days. Before that happens, Your BBB recommends that you get your air conditioning (AC) unit checked by a trustworthy professional to make…

House renting for SXSW? Here’s what you need to know

It’s that time of year again: the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) film, interactive, and music festival and conference is March 13-22. Thousands of people are about to descend upon Austin with their badges, cameras, and unbridled enthusiasm to explore every inch of our city. Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin has some advice for Austin locals and…

National Consumer Protection Week: preventing ID theft

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin offers tips for keeping your identity safe Identity theft is one of the most common crimes to strike consumers and is growing in frequency. As part of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), your BBB is shedding light on ways to protect yourself. There were…

BBB offers advice on picking the right tax preparer

By now, you should’ve gotten your W-2 form and at least started thinking about how and when to file your income taxes with the IRS. You may be planning to hire a tax preparer or you may want to use tax software. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help…