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.
April 15, 2021
Uh-Oh: My Kid Wants to Be a ‘Social Media Influencer’ … What Are the Legal Risks?
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Uh-Oh: My Kid Wants to Be a ‘Social Media Influencer’ … What Are the Legal Risks?

Teenagers and their parents need to know there are plenty of legal consequences for this new breed of marketers, according to attorney Christy L. Fole…
April 15, 2021
What You Need to Know about College 529 Savings Plans
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What You Need to Know about College 529 Savings Plans

Do you know how much you’re able to contribute or what the funds could be used to pay for? How about how contributing affects your taxes? Check out th…
April 14, 2021
How to Pay Off $130,000 in Parent PLUS Loans for Just $33,000
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How to Pay Off $130,000 in Parent PLUS Loans for Just $33,000

Meet Nate. He took out $130,000 in Parent PLUS loans for his kids. The standard repayment plan will cost him over $170,000. But some smart strategizin…
April 12, 2021
37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021
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37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021

We flag a wide variety of cool side hustles to earn bonus bucks to cover expenses expected and unexpected as we begin to emerge from the pandemic lock…
April 8, 2021

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Refunds for $10,200 Unemployment Tax Break to Begin in May
Coronavirus and Your Money

Refunds for $10,200 Unemployment Tax Break to Begin in May

The IRS will issue automatic refunds in May to people eligible for the new unemployment tax exemption who already filed a tax return.
March 31, 2021
Brandon Copeland: Should Student Athletes Be Paid to Play?
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Brandon Copeland: Should Student Athletes Be Paid to Play?

During the height of March Madness, Kiplinger.com contributing editor and NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland and Casey Schwab, founder and CEO of Altius…
March 29, 2021
6 Biden Stimulus Benefits That Pack the Biggest Punch
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Biden Stimulus Benefits That Pack the Biggest Punch

From stimulus checks to enhanced unemployment benefits, these perks from the American Rescue Plan will provide significant financial relief to million…
March 26, 2021
A New Chapter for This Bookstore
Coronavirus and Your Money

A New Chapter for This Bookstore

Katrina and COVID haven’t deterred the owner of a used bookstore from catering to his clientele.
March 24, 2021
How the Gig Economy Is Faring, with Kathy Kristof
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How the Gig Economy Is Faring, with Kathy Kristof

As with so many things, the pandemic has had a big effect on side hustles and contract work. We talk with an expert in the field on finding a good gig…
March 24, 2021
The Basics of Unemployment Benefits: Who Qualifies, How to Apply, How Much You’ll Get
Coronavirus and Your Money

The Basics of Unemployment Benefits: Who Qualifies, How to Apply, How Much You’ll Get

Unemployment insurance is a joint state and federal program that provides those out of work with temporary yet steady income to help them financially.…
March 22, 2021
Unemployment Tax Break: Don't Amend Your 2020 Tax Return to Claim the New Exemption
Coronavirus and Your Money

Unemployment Tax Break: Don't Amend Your 2020 Tax Return to Claim the New Exemption

The IRS is still figuring out the best way to handle to new $10,200 tax exemption for unemployment benefits received in 2020, but it doesn't want you …
March 19, 2021
American Workers Get Enhanced Unemployment Benefits as Biden Signs Stimulus Package
Coronavirus and Your Money

American Workers Get Enhanced Unemployment Benefits as Biden Signs Stimulus Package

The American Rescue Plan extends bonus payments of $300 per week and offers a tax break for unemployment benefits collected in 2020.
March 13, 2021
When Choosing Funds for Your College 529 Plan, Don’t Make This Mistake
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When Choosing Funds for Your College 529 Plan, Don’t Make This Mistake

Age-based funds make sense for some retirement savers, but they rarely make sense for college savers, in my opinion. Here’s why. This article is part …
March 13, 2021
New Financial Challenges for Women with Marguerita Cheng
Women & Money

New Financial Challenges for Women with Marguerita Cheng

The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying recession have been particularly hard on women, who've lost millions of jobs. Financial planner Marguerita Chen…
March 8, 2021
Lawyer Asks: What Do I Do When Other Lawyers Falsely Bash Me?
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Lawyer Asks: What Do I Do When Other Lawyers Falsely Bash Me?

It’s natural to want to defend yourself from false claims, but a defamation lawsuit isn’t the way to go in this case, three experts advise. Here’s why…
March 8, 2021
Senate Alters Unemployment Benefits Before Passing Stimulus Package
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Senate Alters Unemployment Benefits Before Passing Stimulus Package

Enhanced unemployment compensation remains the same, but payments will last longer and a new tax break is added.
March 6, 2021
Vote to Reinsert $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill Fails
Politics

Vote to Reinsert $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill Fails

Led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the effort to get the $15 minimum wage provisions back into President Biden's COVID-Relief package falls short in the Sena…
March 5, 2021
4 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Career Success
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4 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Career Success

To be a success, it’s helpful to know what NOT to do on the job. An interview with the best-selling author of “The Art of Being Indispensable at Work”…
March 1, 2021
House-Approved Stimulus Bill Extends Unemployment Programs
Coronavirus and Your Money

House-Approved Stimulus Bill Extends Unemployment Programs

Also included are $1,400 stimulus checks, paid sick and family leave, and a $15 minimum wage.
February 27, 2021
$15 Minimum Wage Won't Be in Final Stimulus Bill
Politics

$15 Minimum Wage Won't Be in Final Stimulus Bill

The Senate Parliamentarian says minimum wage provisions aren't allowed in the budget reconciliation bill containing COVID-relief measures.
February 26, 2021
Minimum Wage Update: Republican Senators Offer $10 Minimum Wage Plan
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Minimum Wage Update: Republican Senators Offer $10 Minimum Wage Plan

Senators Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton propose an alternative to the $15 minimum wage plan pushed by Democrats.
February 23, 2021
New Challenges for a Church
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New Challenges for a Church

With Sunday services online, this minister’s congregation is finding ways to stay connected.
February 22, 2021
Don't Count on a Bonus or Recapturing Last Year's Pay Cut – Budget Around It Instead
Business Executives

Don't Count on a Bonus or Recapturing Last Year's Pay Cut – Budget Around It Instead

If you are worried that your executive compensation may not meet your expectations in 2021, it’s best to prepare for the worst now. Here’s how.
February 11, 2021
4 Ways Broke Grad Students Can Raise Their Income While Still in School
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4 Ways Broke Grad Students Can Raise Their Income While Still in School

Grad students can lighten their financial loads by targeting specific opportunities as they complete their studies. Here are four places to start look…
February 10, 2021