Although the overall individual audit rate is only about one in 119, the odds increase dramatically as your income goes up, as it might if you sell a valuable piece of property or get a big payout from a retirement plan. The IRS wants to be sure that owners of IRAs and participants in 401(k)s and other workplace retirement plans are properly taking and reporting required minimum distributions.
A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report found that more than one in four consumers felt threatened when contacted by debt collectors. The first-ever national survey of consumer experiences with debt collectors found consumers often faced calls that came too often, at odd hours and contained warnings of jail time and other threats. CFPB Director Rich Cordray said the report casts a "troubling light" on the industry, and that the bureau is working to stop abuses.
It's a brave new world for investors, Jim Cramer told his Mad Money viewers Friday. Or is it? Cramer said President Trump has been pretty transparent about his plans for the country, so now that the inauguration is over, it all comes down to execution. The main thrust of Trump's inauguration speech was "Buy American, hire American," which will be good news for the defense stocks, agriculture, energy and pipelines, Cramer said. But investors need to keep an eye on housing and materials stocks. Those stocks will slow if an overheated economy sends interest rates too high. The "buy local" theme also flies in the face of the secular trend toward e-commerce and growth at Amazon.com (AMZN) , so investors