Coronavirus and Your Money

IRS Is Sending More Unemployment Tax Refund Checks This Summer
Coronavirus and Your Money

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…
July 22, 2021
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.
July 22, 2021
"Plus-Up" Stimulus Checks Have Already Been Sent to 9 Million Americans – Will You Get One Too?
Coronavirus and Your Money

"Plus-Up" Stimulus Checks Have Already Been Sent to 9 Million Americans – Will You Get One Too?

Some people who previously received a third stimulus check are getting a supplemental payment from the IRS. Is there a check coming with your name on …
July 21, 2021
Warning: You May Have to Pay Back Your Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments
Tax Breaks

Warning: You May Have to Pay Back Your Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments

Unlike stimulus checks, you might have to repay your monthly child tax credit payments if you get too much money from the IRS.
July 16, 2021
When Will Your Next Monthly Child Tax Credit Payment Arrive?
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When Will Your Next Monthly Child Tax Credit Payment Arrive?

The IRS has already sent one batch of advance child tax credit payments. Here's when you can expect the rest of your payments to be issued.
July 16, 2021

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Are You Getting a Monthly Payment for Your Kids? Check the IRS's Child Tax Credit Portal
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Are You Getting a Monthly Payment 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).
July 15, 2021
Who Won't Get Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments (Not Every Parent is Eligible)
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Who Won't Get Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments (Not Every Parent is Eligible)

The IRS started sending advance child tax credit payments on July 15. Here's why some families won't receive these monthly payments.
July 15, 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 …
July 14, 2021
Child Tax Credit 2021: How Much Will I Get? When Will Monthly Payments Arrive? And Other FAQs
Coronavirus and Your Money

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 – …
July 14, 2021
14 Must-Have Items for Your Home Emergency Kit
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14 Must-Have Items for Your Home Emergency Kit

Now more than ever, you need to be prepared to survive on your own in the case of disaster — days without power, food or water from the tap.
July 3, 2021
Tough Times for a Family Business
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Tough Times for a Family Business

His dry-cleaning operation was rocked by the pandemic, but he is staying optimistic.
June 24, 2021
Avoid the Summer Travel Rush; Plan a Fall Getaway
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Avoid the Summer Travel Rush; Plan a Fall Getaway

Prices will be lower, you’ll encounter fewer crowds, and pandemic restrictions are likely to ease even more.
June 24, 2021
Child Tax Credit 2021: Opting Out of Monthly Payments
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Child Tax Credit 2021: Opting Out of Monthly Payments

The IRS has a new tool for eligible families who want to opt out of the $250 or $300 monthly child tax credit payment.
June 22, 2021
Rates on Student Loans Will Go Up
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Rates on Student Loans Will Go Up

You could refinance with a private student loan, but consider waiting until the pause on federal loan payments expires.
June 22, 2021
How to Get Child Tax Credit Payments if You Don't File a Tax Return
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How to Get Child Tax Credit Payments if You Don't File a Tax Return

Child tax credit payments are generally based on information from 2020 or 2019 returns, but non-filers can still get payments. The easiest way is to u…
June 14, 2021
Child Care Credit Expanded for 2021 (Up to $8,000 Available!)
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Child Care Credit Expanded for 2021 (Up to $8,000 Available!)

For this year only (so far), families with young children can get a bigger tax credit for childcare expenses. And more families will qualify for the c…
June 12, 2021
Child Tax Credit Update: IRS Sending Letters to Families Who May Get Monthly Payments
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Child Tax Credit Update: IRS Sending Letters to Families Who May Get Monthly Payments

The IRS has identified over 36 million families that may qualify for monthly child tax credit payments of up to $300 per child. The payments will begi…
June 7, 2021
4 Ways to Avoid Post-COVID-19 Spending Guilt
Coronavirus and Your Money

4 Ways to Avoid Post-COVID-19 Spending Guilt

I recently spent money on a Mexican vacation. It’s time to get out again, but returning to a more normal lifestyle doesn’t mean dropping our healthy s…
June 6, 2021
COVID’s Silver Lining: A Calmer Life
Coronavirus and Your Money

COVID’s Silver Lining: A Calmer Life

This family left the West Coast for a simpler lifestyle in a small Cape Cod town.
May 26, 2021
Child Tax Credit 2021: How to Get Monthly Payments if You Don't File Tax Returns
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Child Tax Credit 2021: How to Get Monthly Payments if You Don't File Tax Returns

Not everyone is required to file a tax return. But don't let that stop you from getting monthly child credit payments of up to $300 per child.
May 25, 2021
Stimulus Check Update: Hopes for a Fourth Stimulus Check Are Still Alive
Coronavirus and Your Money

Stimulus Check Update: Hopes for a Fourth Stimulus Check Are Still Alive

Over 80 Democratic lawmakers have asked President Biden for more stimulus payments, and the president hasn't said "no" yet. But what are the real chan…
May 24, 2021
Pandemic Brings New Scams, Too
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Pandemic Brings New Scams, Too

Billions in stimulus funds create new opportunities for fraud ranging from unemployment benefits to vaccine cards.
May 24, 2021
How to Fix Your Credit Reports
Coronavirus and Your Money

How to Fix Your Credit Reports

Before you apply for a mortgage or car loan, check your credit files for errors that could derail your plans.
May 24, 2021
Monthly Payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit Will Begin July 15
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Monthly Payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit Will Begin July 15

The IRS says it's on schedule to start sending monthly child tax credit payments this summer.
May 17, 2021
9 Tax Deadlines for May 17 (Today Isn't Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)
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9 Tax Deadlines for May 17 (Today Isn't Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)

Between due dates for extension requests, IRA or HSA contributions, and other deadlines, there's more to do by today's tax deadline than just filing y…
May 17, 2021