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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
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
Tying the Knot Post-Pandemic
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Tying the Knot Post-Pandemic

This wedding planner is gearing up for a full fall season amid continuing concerns about safety.
July 28, 2021
"Plus-Up" Stimulus Checks Have Already Been Sent to 9 Million Americans – Will You Get One Too?
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"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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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