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8 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund
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8 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Since this year's tax deadline was pushed back to July 15, many people haven't filed their tax return yet. That also means there are a lot of tax refu…
June 2, 2020
FAQs on Stimulus Payments by Prepaid Debit Card (It's Not a Scam or Junk Mail!)
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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
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IRS Allows Mid-Year Changes to Health Plans, Expands FSAs and More

You probably never heard of COVID-19 when you picked this year's health insurance policy at work.
May 27, 2020
A Shocking Story of Electric-Car Life
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A Shocking Story of Electric-Car Life

If you travel more than, say, 150 miles from home more than a few times a year, I don’t see an electric car working as your primary vehicle.
May 26, 2020
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Election 2020: Joe Biden's Tax Plans
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Election 2020: Joe Biden's Tax Plans

With 24/7 COVID-19 coverage, it's sometimes hard to remember that this is an election year.
May 22, 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
5 Strategies to Help You Hold on to More of Your Money in Retirement
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5 Strategies to Help You Hold on to More of Your Money in Retirement

Preparing for retirement requires a lot of adapting — not just emotionally, but financially.
May 21, 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
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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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How a Second Stimulus Check Could Differ from Your First One
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How a Second Stimulus Check Could Differ from Your First One

If enacted, the HEROES Act that passed in the House would authorize a second round of stimulus checks. While the new payments would be similar to the …
May 15, 2020
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
Wealthy Families Have a Rare Opportunity to Avoid Estate Taxes
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Wealthy Families Have a Rare Opportunity to Avoid Estate Taxes

The unique financial climate ushered in by the coronavirus offers well-off investors the chance to implement a little-known estate-planning strategy c…
May 12, 2020
10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Stimulus Check
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10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Stimulus Check

It's especially difficult for Social Security recipients to learn the ins and outs of stimulus checks, since there are several special rules that only…
May 9, 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
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The Stunning IRS Ruling That May Bankrupt Small Businesses That Took PPP Loans
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The Stunning IRS Ruling That May Bankrupt Small Businesses That Took PPP Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program rolled out with great fanfare to help save small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. But something the IRS jus…
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
Who's Not Getting a Stimulus Check (Or Has to Return It)
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Who's Not Getting a Stimulus Check (Or Has to Return It)

Not everyone is getting a stimulus check, and some people who get them are supposed to return them. See if you're on the list of people who won't get …
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
10 Questions Retirees Often Get Wrong About Taxes in Retirement
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10 Questions Retirees Often Get Wrong About Taxes in Retirement

You worked hard to build your retirement nest egg. But do you know how to minimize taxes on your savings?
May 1, 2020
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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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CARES Act Expands Tax Deductions for Charitable Giving
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CARES Act Expands Tax Deductions for Charitable Giving

Which tax break you can take under the economic stimulus bill depends on whether you itemize or claim the standard deduction on your 2020 tax return.
April 30, 2020
States Lower Taxes to Court Retirees
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States Lower Taxes to Court Retirees

The tax breaks range from property tax exemptions to tax-free retirement plan withdrawals.
April 30, 2020
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