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Dissatisfied customers punished by local heating and air business


ATLANTA, GA-- One cold February day four years ago, Simon Weinstein's furnace stopped working. He made a decision he regrets to this day: He called a company called Mechanics Heating and Air.

"It's the middle of February and I don't have heat. So I really need heat," said Weinstein, who said he called the company based on an advertised low-cost service call.  "I gave them a check for five hundred dollars."

Weinstein subsequently disputed the bill, took it to an arbitrator and lost. Yet his problems with Mechanics continued in ways he never expected.

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

8 Ryan's restaurants closed in Georgia

ATLANTA -- Buffets Inc., owner of the Ryan's restaurant chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week. The company released its list of closures on Friday which it includes eight locations in Georgia.

Ryan's in Warner-Robins, Stockbridge and Thomasville were closed Jan. 19. On Friday, Ryan's in Martinez, Calhoun, Canton, Cartersville and Macon were shuttered.

Buffets now runs 21 Ryan's restaurants in Georgia.

'Mega Monday' expected to set records for shopping, returns

ATLANTA -- It's the biggest gift return day of the season, and experts predict "Mega Monday" could be as big as Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Retailers slashed prices to entice customers already heading to stores to exchange gifts and hunt for after-Christmas bargains.

"Thirty-five percent more people will be returning this year, than last year," said Janice Lieberman, Consumer Correspondent for the Today Show. "For every dollar spent during the holiday, almost ten cents of it is returned." 

Some store make returns much easier than others. 

Sears may be the number one easy return store because they not only readily accept returns, but they extended their return window to 120 days through this holiday season.

Your 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide

Your 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide

 

Here is The 2011 Woodstock Holiday Guide you didn’t know you need until now!  It amused me to write something that no one asked for!  Since no one asked, and possibly no one cares, here is my 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide.  These are my top 7 (who says a list has to have 10) recommendations for holiday gifts that may not come to mind at first, but would make great gifts.  All have a Woodstock connection!  Disclosure:  I have no financial interest in any of these items or companies.

1.       For kids from 1 to 92- The Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia, written by Susan Rosson Spain and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba.  Merry Christmas from the Peach State!

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

VIDEO: Black Friday brawl at Ellijay Walmart

The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Preparing for Taxageddon: Interstate Tax Strategies is Helping Atlanta Disarm Tax Time Bombs

Preparing for Taxageddon: Interstate Tax Strategies is Helping Atlanta Disarm Tax Time Bombs

 

With the United States’ growing unemployment rate and rising deficit, state governments have become very aggressive at finding additional tax revenue. They are actively looking for companies that they can audit and assess for back taxes. According to Internet Retailer, e-commerce rose 14.8% in 2010, creating a golden opportunity to help states, including Georgia, supplement their income. More and more local businesses are hearing the word “nexus” brought into play, leaving a thin line in sales tax obligations. Regardless of the industry, companies with customers in multiple states should carefully evaluate the tax filing requirements and the tax rules where their customers are located. 

Interstate Tax Strategies P.C. is working to correct sales tax problems for multistate businesses—before the auditor arrives!