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Coronavirus and Your Money

Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year
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Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2020 Tax Year

Americans are facing a long list of tax changes for the 2020 tax year...and it's never too early to start thinking about next year's return.
June 22, 2020
Where's My Stimulus Check? Use the IRS's "Get My Payment" Portal to Get an Answer
taxes

Where's My Stimulus Check? Use the IRS's "Get My Payment" Portal to Get an Answer

The IRS has a stimulus check portal that lets you track the status of your payment. You can also enter your bank account information to get your payme…
June 20, 2020
Will Your Stimulus Check Increase the Tax on Your Social Security Benefits?
income tax

Will Your Stimulus Check Increase the Tax on Your Social Security Benefits?

It comes down to whether your stimulus check will boost your "provisional income."
June 18, 2020
Protecting Your Car During COVID-19
cars

Protecting Your Car During COVID-19

Lack of exercise won’t make your car flabby, but problems with the battery, the fuel and even malevolent wildlife are a real possibility.
June 12, 2020
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Travel Planning in the Time of Coronavirus
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Travel Planning in the Time of Coronavirus

Insurance may not cover canceled vacations, but airlines and hotels may be flexible.
June 11, 2020
Post-COVID-19, Seniors Must Chart a New Path in the Workplace
retirement

Post-COVID-19, Seniors Must Chart a New Path in the Workplace

Those most vulnerable to the pandemic will face challenges in the return to work, even as the recession means they may need their paychecks more than …
June 11, 2020
Property Tax Breaks for Retirees
retirement

Property Tax Breaks for Retirees

Planning to buy a home in a different state? Property taxes should be examined closely, because they can be quite a bit higher than income taxes in ma…
June 10, 2020
13 Things That May Soon Disappear Forever (The Pandemic Edition)
business

13 Things That May Soon Disappear Forever (The Pandemic Edition)

Emerging technologies (and now the COVID-19 pandemic) are putting an end to these familiar items and practices.
June 9, 2020
Dealing with an Early, Unexpected Retirement
retirement

Dealing with an Early, Unexpected Retirement

Current economic and health crises may be pushing many toward an unexpected retirement. Now is a good time to make a plan for yourself, just in case.
June 9, 2020
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Don’t Let COVID-19 Derail Your Retirement
retirement

Don’t Let COVID-19 Derail Your Retirement

Yes, many of us have taken a big hit. Stick to your principles — and be flexible.
June 8, 2020
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RMD Waiver + Stimulus Check = Tax Credit
retirement

RMD Waiver + Stimulus Check = Tax Credit

For seniors who got a stimulus check of less than $1,200, not having to take a required minimum distribution from their retirement accounts this year …
June 6, 2020
7 Ways PPP Loans Just Got Better
small business loans

7 Ways PPP Loans Just Got Better

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes a number of changes to the popular small-business loan program. See how your business might bene…
June 5, 2020
Employers Cutting 401(k) Matching Contributions
investing

Employers Cutting 401(k) Matching Contributions

Roughly 12% of employers have suspended matching contributions and an additional 23% are planning to cut their match or are considering it.
June 5, 2020
A View of Life After the Pandemic
savings

A View of Life After the Pandemic

Among the forecasts: The work-from-home trend will last, and we’ll welcome more robots.
June 5, 2020
Don't Let the Drama Surrounding PPP Distract You from Running Your Business
business

Don't Let the Drama Surrounding PPP Distract You from Running Your Business

If you're so wrapped up in worry about your Paycheck Protection Program loan not being forgiven, think about the worst-case scenario. It might not be …
June 5, 2020
Another Epidemic to Worry About: Identity Theft
business

Another Epidemic to Worry About: Identity Theft

Fraud losses grew in 2019 and are likely to increase in 2020.
June 5, 2020
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The Long-Term Cost of Stimulus Spending
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The Long-Term Cost of Stimulus Spending

Heavy borrowing already on the books before the crisis hit will make the recovery even tougher.
June 5, 2020
Lessons for Kids From the Crisis
savings

Lessons for Kids From the Crisis

One of the greatest opportunities presented by the pandemic is to give children an appreciation for the workings of the economy.
June 5, 2020
Finding Affordable Health Care Now
insurance

Finding Affordable Health Care Now

The pandemic has caused millions of people to lose their jobs — and their health coverage. Here’s a guide to finding affordable insurance.
June 4, 2020
Retirees Get a Break on IRA Distributions
retirement

Retirees Get a Break on IRA Distributions

The IRS is expected to come out with additional guidance, but here’s what we know so far.
June 4, 2020
The Secret to Post-COVID Networking? Being There
retirement

The Secret to Post-COVID Networking? Being There

The days of happy hours, conferences and corporate mixers seem long ago, thanks to coronavirus. But there is an effective, surprisingly low-tech way t…
June 3, 2020
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Coronavirus Has Shown the True Value of Cash Reserves
retirement

Coronavirus Has Shown the True Value of Cash Reserves

Beyond peace of mind, having an emergency fund offers retirement savers a wealth of possibilities in times like these.
June 1, 2020
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The Coronavirus at Work: Your Legal Questions Answered
business

The Coronavirus at Work: Your Legal Questions Answered

The coronavirus has become a sneak attack in slow motion on the American workforce.
May 29, 2020
COVID-19 at Work: Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities
business law

COVID-19 at Work: Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus in the workplace. A pair of lawyers who specialize in employment law weigh in with some practi…
May 29, 2020
FAQs on Stimulus Payments by Prepaid Debit Card (It's Not a Scam or Junk Mail!)
taxes

FAQs on Stimulus Payments by Prepaid Debit Card (It's Not a Scam or Junk Mail!)

The IRS is sending stimulus check payments on prepaid debit cards. We've got answers to important questions about the new EIP Cards.
May 28, 2020
IRS Allows Mid-Year Changes to Health Plans, Expands FSAs and More
taxes

IRS Allows Mid-Year Changes to Health Plans, Expands FSAs and More

The added flexibility should help workers deal with unexpected medical and dependent care expenses from the coronavirus outbreak. But not every employ…
May 27, 2020