Personal Finance

Medical workers transport a patient outside a special Covid-19 area at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, on May 17. Johannes Eisele | Getty Images If you’re collecting more on unemployment than what you earned while working, it could affect how much you pay for health insurance. For households that bought coverage through one
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SDI Productions Americans could use a financial boost. How to get that money into people’s hands has been a hot topic of debate. Democrats have proposed expanding unemployment insurance and giving Americans as much as $2,000 per month to get back on their feet. Meanwhile, one Republican proposal has called for giving Americans $11,000 now in
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Hispanolistic Over 152 million stimulus checks have been issued to individuals over the last six weeks, according to data from the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. In all, the agencies have distributed $257.9 billion in Economic Impact Payments. Uncle Sam began depositing the funds into taxpayers’ bank accounts in mid-April. The average payment came
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Thomas Barwick Lawmakers may allow savers to undo last year’s mandatory withdrawals from retirement accounts. The $3 trillion HEROES Act – the latest round of proposed federal coronavirus relief legislation – was passed by the House last Friday. Aside from granting households another batch of $1,200 stimulus payments and granting student loan relief, the measure
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You may qualify for paid leave Justin Paget Qualified workers, including those telecommuting, can get two weeks of paid leave at full pay courtesy of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Valid reasons include being unable to work because you are under quarantine order, have coronavirus symptoms and are seeking diagnosis, or must care for
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s name appears on the coronavirus economic assistance checks that were sent to citizens across the country April 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images News that the U.S. government has deployed millions of stimulus checks for up to $1,200 per individual has made headlines. But still many individuals
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Agatha Kulaga, co-founder and CEO of Ovenly Source: Agatha Kulaga There’s no doubt the coronavirus pandemic has hit small businesses hard. For some, like retail and wholesale bakery Ovenly, it meant completely shutting down their operations. The New York-based business had to lay off its entire staff of 66 employees, said Agatha Kulaga, the co-founder and
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Under ordinary circumstances, the opportunity to make changes to workplace health plans and flexible spending accounts happens only once a year. However, new guidelines from the IRS allow workers to revisit those elections now in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “I cannot think of a time when the IRS has been this flexible,” said David Speier, managing
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It’s hard to imagine being paid to borrow money or penalized for saving. But the economic shock from Covid-19 may call for drastic measures. Up until this point, the Federal Reserve has never brought its benchmark rate into negative territory and, according to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, the Fed is not considering going to negative interest rates now.  “The
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A view of new York State Department of labor office in Flushing Queens during coronavirus pandemic on April 12, 2020. (Photo by John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NurPhoto Democrats want to give Americans larger unemployment checks until next year. Certain workers — particularly those in lower-paying industries like accommodation and food services — stand to benefit
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