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Economy Mar 09When to expect payments, other benefits from COVID-19 relief package
The $1.9 trillion federal pandemic relief package is expected to make its way through the House and hit President Joe Biden's desk soon. But when will the benefits reach you?…
Economy Dec 03As some pandemic aid is expected to end, what’s next for hurting Americans
Expanded unemployment benefits, federal eviction protections and a pause in student loan payments all cease at the end of this year. Meanwhile, the pandemic shows no signs of abating.
Economy Oct 20Study finds older workers face higher unemployment amid COVID-19 pandemic
From April through September, the study found that the older workers unemployment rate was 9.7% compared to 8.6% for midcareer workers.
Economy Aug 18Coin shortage hits retailers, laundromats and even the tooth fairy
The national coin shortage has been an unusual side effect of the pandemic. Among its victims: retailers, laundromats and even the tooth fairy.
Economy Aug 06Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid calling it a ‘nightmare’
Even if Congress does reach a deal, the extra unemployment amount is likely to be less than $600. By the time the money starts flowing, it could be too late for many Americans who are already in dire straits.
Economy Mar 31What you need to do to get your government stimulus check
Most people don't need to do anything to get the money. But some — such as senior citizens and low-income people who might not traditionally file tax returns — do need to take action.
Economy Mar 18Q&A — What does 90-day tax payment delay mean for filers?
The Trump administration has announced that most individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their federal tax bills for 90 days as part of an emergency relief plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Economy Feb 19IRS to pay visits to high-income taxpayers who fail to file
The IRS says it is stepping up its efforts to visit high-income taxpayers who failed in prior years to file their tax returns on time. The face-to-face visits will focus on those who earned more than $100,000 during a tax…
Nation Jan 08Underfunded IRS struggles to send refunds, answer calls
Burdened with years of budget cuts and a recent increase in workload to implement a new tax law, the IRS struggled to deliver on its mission in the past fiscal year.
Economy Dec 24Wildfires cause turmoil in California property insurance market
Thousands of homeowners have lost their insurance policies in the last few years as insurers pull out of areas that are at risk of fire damage or stop insuring homes altogether.