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Is There an Unclaimed Tax Refund Waiting for You?
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Is There an Unclaimed Tax Refund Waiting for You?

The IRS has $1.5 billion in refunds from 2016 waiting to be claimed. Is any of that money yours?
July 1, 2020
Travel Tax Credit: Will Uncle Sam Pay You to Take a Vacation?
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Travel Tax Credit: Will Uncle Sam Pay You to Take a Vacation?

There's a proposal in Congress to give you an "Explore America" tax credit of $4,000 or more to cover travel expenses. But don't pack your bags quite …
June 30, 2020
IRS Is Not Extending the Tax Deadline Again
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IRS Is Not Extending the Tax Deadline Again

Tax Day 2020 was already pushed back from April 15 to July 15, but it won't be delayed further.
June 30, 2020
What to Do If You Get a Stimulus Check for a Deceased Person
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What to Do If You Get a Stimulus Check for a Deceased Person

The IRS sent more than 1 million stimulus checks to dead people. If you received one for a family member who passed away, there are certain steps you …
June 25, 2020
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Retirees Get Another Break with Expansion of RMD Waiver
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Retirees Get Another Break with Expansion of RMD Waiver

The CARES Act cancelled "required minimum distributions" for 2020...and the IRS just expanded that relief to help more seniors and give more time to u…
June 24, 2020

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Will Your Stimulus Check Increase the Tax on Your Social Security Benefits?
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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
Amending Your Tax Return Will Get Easier Soon
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Amending Your Tax Return Will Get Easier Soon

Starting this summer, there will be a better way to file an amended tax return.
June 17, 2020
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When Are 2020 Estimated Tax Payments Due?
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When Are 2020 Estimated Tax Payments Due?

In a normal year, two estimated tax payment deadlines would have passed by now. But, of course, nothing is normal right now.
June 17, 2020
RMD Waiver + Stimulus Check = Tax Credit
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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
Health Savings Account Limits for 2021
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Health Savings Account Limits for 2021

Annually adjusted contribution limits and other requirements must be met if you're covering health care costs with an HSA.
May 22, 2020
The Employee Retention Tax Credit Helps Keep Workers Working
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The Employee Retention Tax Credit Helps Keep Workers Working

The credit is worth up to $5,000 per paid employee for businesses financially harmed by the coronavirus pandemic that continue to keep employees on th…
May 19, 2020
The IRS is Now Taking Phone Calls About Stimulus Checks (But Service is Limited)
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The IRS is Now Taking Phone Calls About Stimulus Checks (But Service is Limited)

You can finally talk to an IRS representative on the phone if you have stimulus check questions.
May 18, 2020
Is a Second Round of Stimulus Checks for $2,000 Each Month in Our Future?
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Is a Second Round of Stimulus Checks for $2,000 Each Month in Our Future?

Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats are putting together the next stimulus package right now. They might include a proposal that has already been c…
May 18, 2020
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Don't Miss Today's Stimulus Check Direct Deposit Deadline (Hint: You Have Until Noon)
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Don't Miss Today's Stimulus Check Direct Deposit Deadline (Hint: You Have Until Noon)

The IRS set a deadline for getting stimulus check payments by direct deposit. If you don't act by noon today, you'll receive a paper check (which take…
May 13, 2020
Where's My Paper Stimulus Check? Some People May Have to Wait Until September
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Where's My Paper Stimulus Check? Some People May Have to Wait Until September

The IRS is reportedly sending out 5 million paper checks per week. At that pace, some checks might not arrive for months.
May 8, 2020
When is the Mississippi State Tax Return Deadline in 2020?
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When is the Mississippi State Tax Return Deadline in 2020?

At one point the due date for filing your Mississippi income tax return was May 15, but it has been pushed back to a later date.
May 8, 2020
Do People in Jail Get a Stimulus Check?
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Do People in Jail Get a Stimulus Check?

The IRS released guidance on what people incarcerated in jail or prison should do if they receive a stimulus check.
May 6, 2020
What a Payroll Tax Cut Would Mean for You
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What a Payroll Tax Cut Would Mean for You

President Trump wants to see a payroll tax cut in the next stimulus bill. Would you benefit from it and, if so, by how much?
May 5, 2020
Social Security Recipients Will Start Getting Stimulus Checks This Week
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Social Security Recipients Will Start Getting Stimulus Checks This Week

The IRS is using information from the Social Security Administration to process stimulus payments for people who didn't file a 2018 or 2019 tax return…
May 1, 2020
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SSI Recipients with Children Can Get a Larger Stimulus Check (But Quick Action is Required)
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SSI Recipients with Children Can Get a Larger Stimulus Check (But Quick Action is Required)

An extra $500 per child will be added to stimulus checks for disabled, blind, or elderly Supplemental Security Income recipients who didn't file a 201…
April 27, 2020
Some Veterans Can Get a Bigger Stimulus Check (If They Act Now)
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Some Veterans Can Get a Bigger Stimulus Check (If They Act Now)

If you receive VA benefits and have dependent children, you might be able to boost your stimulus check by $500 or more. But you have to act by May 5.
April 27, 2020
IRS Fixes Stimulus Check Portal (We Hope)
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IRS Fixes Stimulus Check Portal (We Hope)

After three nights of maintenance outages, the IRS says its "Get My Payment" tool is now working better than ever.
April 26, 2020
Stimulus Check Portal to be Shut Down Evenings for Maintenance
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Stimulus Check Portal to be Shut Down Evenings for Maintenance

With any luck, the IRS will fix the glitches with the "Get My Payment" tool that are preventing people from checking the status of their stimulus paym…
April 24, 2020
Will You Get a Bigger Stimulus Check by Waiting to File Your Tax Return?
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Will You Get a Bigger Stimulus Check by Waiting to File Your Tax Return?

Perhaps. Use our Stimulus Check Calculator to find out.
April 22, 2020
What to Do If Your Stimulus Check is For the Wrong Amount
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What to Do If Your Stimulus Check is For the Wrong Amount

A stimulus payment was deposited into your bank account, but it doesn't seem like the right amount. Who do you call?
April 22, 2020