Mass Consumer Affairs Blog

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

Monthly Archives: February 2022

HIC Social Media Recap Blog Posted on Feb 28

HIC Social Media Recap Blog

Planning for a remodeling or construction project requires great attention to detail and follow through by both consumers and contracted businesses.  In Massachusetts, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) registers qualified home improvement contractors and offers certain protections for eligible homeowners and   …Continue Reading HIC Social Media Recap Blog

America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience Posted on Feb 21

America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience

The past two years have been challenging both in Massachusetts and across the globe, and many of these challenges have impacted consumer finances.  In fact, a Bankrate.com survey recently reported that only 40% of Americans have enough savings for a $1,000 unanticipated expense.  To help   …Continue Reading America Saves Week 2022: Building Financial Resilience

President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips Posted on Feb 18

President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips

Annual President’s Day car sales are in full swing, and shoppers are expected to make big purchases. This holiday weekend consumers should prepare for high markups on vehicle prices due to inventory issues and chip shortages. Make sure to read the fine print while shopping   …Continue Reading President’s Day Weekend Car Shopping Tips

Steps You Can Take During an Auto Recall Posted on Feb 15

Steps You Can Take During an Auto Recall

Last week Hyundai and Kia recalled over 483,000 cars and SUVs due to a fire risk. The companies advise that owners of the 2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2017-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL, 2014-2015 Hyundai Tucson, and 2014-2016 Kia Sportage SUVs,   …Continue Reading Steps You Can Take During an Auto Recall

Fraud Alert: Romance Scams Posted on Feb 14

Fraud Alert: Romance Scams

Romance and dating scams are an increasing phenomenon as new applications and websites are introduced and more people turn to the internet to find love. It is possible that while swiping right on potential partners you may match with a fraudster.  The Federal Trade Commission   …Continue Reading Fraud Alert: Romance Scams

Filing your 2021 tax Returns with a Tax Preparer? Here are some tips to get you started. Posted on Feb 11

Filing your 2021 tax Returns with a Tax Preparer?  Here are some tips to get you started.

The 2021 tax season is now in full swing, and the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation wants all Massachusetts residents to be prepared. Below are some tips and important dates to keep in mind in preparation to meet and file with your chosen   …Continue Reading Filing your 2021 tax Returns with a Tax Preparer? Here are some tips to get you started.