Everyone knows Texas is tough on crime. In 2004, the state of Texas had one in twenty of it’s adult residents incarcerated or on parole/probation. Can you imagine the cost of that? In 2005, they needed $2 Billion to build new prisons. Someone decided that was too expensive. Instead, they spent $300 million to improve drug treatment, probation & mental health services and supervision of parolees.
According to the Texas Department of Corrections, the rate of incarceration fell 9 per cent between 2005 and 2010. In the same period, according to the FBI, the crime rate in Texas fell by 12.8 per cent.
Many Canadian’s have dual American citizenship. They live and work in Canada and file Canadian income taxes every year. Many did not realize they also need to file US taxes. If their Canadian income tax was at least as much as their American tax would have been, they owe nothing. HOWEVER, if they would have paid more in the US than they paid here, they owe the difference to the IRS.
Recent economic conditions have led the IRS to follow up on all the Americans living and working abroad who have not filed their US tax returns. This led to a lot of stress for many Canadian/American citizens living in Canada.
Today’s news should help to relieve the pressure a bit.
Sympatico finance published an article (attached) questioning the effectiveness of e-coupons. One of the most interesting quotes says “78% purchase deals because they like saving money. Only 19% use e-coupons because they want to try a new product or service.”
Also, the use of these deeply discounted coupons means “You’ve taught new customers that either you’re a discounter or your prices are too high to begin with. The people who pay full price are the ones who keep you in business.“
One business owner who had some success with e-coupons in her first year of business says “It’s great if you’re starting out and have a unique service to offer, but I would not want to rely on them.”