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Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide
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Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide

Don't be surprised by an unexpected state tax bill on your unemployment benefits. Know where unemployment compensation is taxable and where it isn't.
October 19, 2021
Child Tax Credit Payments Sent October 15
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Child Tax Credit Payments Sent October 15

The IRS sent another round of monthly child tax credit payments on October 15. Most families received their payment by direct deposit.
October 16, 2021
Child Tax Credit Payment Opt-Out Deadline is Today
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Child Tax Credit Payment Opt-Out Deadline is Today

The October deadline for opting out of the monthly child credit payments has arrived. Use the IRS's Child Tax Credit Update Portal to unenroll.
October 4, 2021
New Platforms for a Comedy Couple
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New Platforms for a Comedy Couple

COVID forced them to expand their stand-up repertoire to YouTube and podcasts.
September 30, 2021
Extending Broadband to More Americans
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Extending Broadband to More Americans

The infrastructure bill would provide billions to improve internet access to rural and low-income households.
September 29, 2021

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The Forces Shaping Retirement in the 2020s
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The Forces Shaping Retirement in the 2020s

Gone are the days of retiring with a pension and gold watch. What retirement means has changed significantly and not always for the better.
September 28, 2021
Disability Insurance Can Provide COVID Coverage
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Disability Insurance Can Provide COVID Coverage

If you are concerned about long-term complications from COVID-19, consider disability insurance coverage.
September 28, 2021
How and When to Opt-Out of Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments
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How and When to Opt-Out of Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments

If you want to stop advance payments of the 2021 child tax credit, you have to opt-out using the IRS's online tool before the monthly deadline.
September 22, 2021
Child Tax Credit 2021: How Much Will I Get? When Will Monthly Payments Arrive? And Other FAQs
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Child Tax Credit 2021: How Much Will I Get? When Will Monthly Payments Arrive? And Other FAQs

People have lots of questions about the $3,000 or $3,600 child tax credit and the advance payments that the IRS is sending monthly to most families – …
September 22, 2021
How to Change Your Address for Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments
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How to Change Your Address for Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments

If you're receiving paper checks in the mail for your child tax credit payment, you can use the IRS's online portal to update your address.
September 22, 2021
Child Tax Credit Payment Schedule for the Rest of 2021
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Child Tax Credit Payment Schedule for the Rest of 2021

The IRS has already sent three batches of monthly child tax credit payments. Here's when you can expect the rest of your payments.
September 16, 2021
COVID-19 Home Test Kits and PPE are Tax Deductible
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COVID-19 Home Test Kits and PPE are Tax Deductible

You can also pay for home testing kits and personal protective equipment with FSA and HSA funds.
September 11, 2021
How the Pandemic Is Reshaping Retirement
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How the Pandemic Is Reshaping Retirement

Inflation tops health care costs as the biggest concern, and many preretirees are boosting their saving rate.
September 8, 2021
The Pandemic Pet Problem
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The Pandemic Pet Problem

Lisa Gretebeck used telemedicine and other creative ways to handle a surge of new cat and dog patients.
August 29, 2021
New Perks at Work, for a Price
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New Perks at Work, for a Price

The pandemic and an increasingly diverse workforce have led to more benefits options for workers.
August 26, 2021
Financial Fixes to Make after the Pandemic
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Financial Fixes to Make after the Pandemic

Now is a good time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has done to your finances (and surprise, there may be some good news here) and to your pri…
August 26, 2021
What Does the Delta Variant Mean for Your Investments?
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What Does the Delta Variant Mean for Your Investments?

As the COVD-19 pandemic continues into its next phase, it’s natural to be a little nervous. But now is not the time for panic or knee-jerk reactions. …
August 23, 2021
I Have Shared Custody of My Child: Should I Get Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments?
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I Have Shared Custody of My Child: Should I Get Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments?

Which parent receives monthly child tax credit payments depends on your most recent tax return. Plus, some parents who are receiving payments should o…
August 21, 2021
2021 Child Tax Credit Calculator
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2021 Child Tax Credit Calculator

How big will your child tax credit be on your 2021 tax return? How much will you get each month in advance payments? Our calculator will give you the …
August 21, 2021
Should You Be Getting Monthly Payments for Your Kids? Check the IRS's Child Tax Credit Portal
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Should You Be Getting Monthly Payments for Your Kids? Check the IRS's Child Tax Credit Portal

The IRS has an online tool that will help you track and manage your monthly child tax credit payments (although it's not fully functional yet).
August 20, 2021
Child Tax Credit Payment: Some Parents to Receive Paper Checks Instead of Direct Deposit Payments
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Child Tax Credit Payment: Some Parents to Receive Paper Checks Instead of Direct Deposit Payments

Families who received their July child tax credit payment by direct deposit might get their August payment by mail.
August 13, 2021
Who's Not Eligible for Child Tax Credit Payments (It May Explain Why You're Not Getting Them)
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Who's Not Eligible for Child Tax Credit Payments (It May Explain Why You're Not Getting Them)

The IRS has sent two rounds of child tax credit payments so far. Here's why some families haven't received any monthly payments.
August 13, 2021
IRS Is Sending More Unemployment Tax Refund Checks This Summer
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IRS Is Sending More Unemployment Tax Refund Checks This Summer

Uncle Sam has already sent tax refunds to millions of Americans who are eligible for the $10,200 unemployment compensation tax exemption. More payment…
August 4, 2021
Will Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments Lower Your Tax Refund or Raise Your Tax Bill?
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Will Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments Lower Your Tax Refund or Raise Your Tax Bill?

Everyone loves receiving large sums of money from Uncle Sam. But people who take advance child tax payments may take a hit on next year's tax refund.
July 31, 2021
COVID Sparked a Surge of Generosity
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COVID Sparked a Surge of Generosity

One big focus among donors: charities that address food insecurity.
July 29, 2021