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U.S. Credit-Card Debt Levels See Record Drop in 2020

Apr 2, 2021 7:50:32 AM
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Despite the financial challenges experienced by Americans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. credit-card debt dropped to record levels in 2020, decreasing by almost $83 billion.[1] This unprecedented drop was likely the result of individuals receiving financial assistance through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and having access to more cash. Economic aid in the form of stimulus payments, suspended student loan payments, and broad state-sponsored unemployment benefits, allowed Americans to pay down their balances.[2] In fact, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, almost 60% of adults in households that experienced a loss in employment income during the pandemic used their second stimulus check to pay down debt.[3]

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Due Date for Federal Income Tax Returns and Payments Postponed to May 17

Mar 25, 2021 9:06:54 AM
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American Rescue Plan Act Provides Relief to Individuals and Business

Mar 16, 2021 11:38:05 AM
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On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA 2021) was signed into law. This is a $1.9 trillion emergency relief package that includes payments to individuals and funding for federal programs, vaccines and testing, state and local governments, and schools. It is intended to assist individuals and businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and accompanying economic crisis. Major relief provisions are summarized here, including some tax provisions.

Recovery rebates (stimulus checks)
Many individuals will receive another direct payment from the federal government. Technically a 2021 refundable income tax credit, the rebate amount will be calculated based on 2019 tax returns filed (or on 2020 tax returns if filed and processed by the IRS at the time of determination) and sent automatically via check, direct deposit, or debit card to qualifying individuals. To qualify for a payment, individuals generally must have a Social Security number and must not qualify as the dependent of another individual.

The amount of the recovery rebate is $1,400 ($2,800 if married filing a joint return) plus $1,400 for each dependent. Recovery rebates start to phase out for those with an adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeding $75,000 ($150,000 if married filing a joint return, $112,500 for those filing as head of household). Recovery rebates are completely phased out for those with an AGI of $80,000 ($160,000 if married filing a joint return, $120,000 for those filing as head of household).


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National Consumer Protection Week: Beware of Pandemic Scams

Mar 5, 2021 8:42:38 AM
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This past year, scam artists have taken advantage of people's concerns over the coronavirus pandemic to defraud them of money. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers reported losing more than $3.3 billion to fraud in 2020, up from $1.8 billion in 2019.[1]

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There's Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2020

Mar 3, 2021 10:21:00 AM
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Market Month: February 2021

Mar 2, 2021 9:12:54 AM
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Health-Care Reform: Replacing Myths with Facts

Feb 24, 2021 12:30:00 PM
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10 Tips if You're Leaving ExxonMobil

Feb 22, 2021 1:01:00 PM
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10 Tips if You're Leaving Chevron

Feb 18, 2021 11:55:00 AM
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GameStop, Reddit, and Market Mania: What You Need to Know

Feb 15, 2021 2:15:00 PM
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