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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.
Economy Apr 24Wall Street keeps hitting records. What do investors do now?
The S&P 500 just hit an all-time high, recovering from last year's dramatic plunge. Still it's anyone's guess what happens next for the stock market.
Nation Feb 19I owe how much? Americans shocked by impact of new tax law
The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those accustomed to getting money back from the government.
Economy Oct 02Parents are more financially optimistic than their kids, poll shows
It's no longer a guarantee that children will achieve upward income mobility. About half of the Americans born in 1984 earned more at age 30 than their parents, down from 92 percent in 1940.
Nation Apr 17IRS payment site fails on tax day, but you still have to pay
The IRS has since updated the website to say it is temporarily unavailable. But the agency adds, "Note that your tax payment is due although IRS Direct Pay may not be available."…