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Expanded IRS Free-file System One Step Closer in Dems' Bill

Expanded IRS Free-file System One Step Closer in Dems' Bill

FINANCE | By Fatima Hussein | Aug 13, 2022

The flagship climate change and health care bill soon to be signed by President Joe Biden will bring U.S. taxpayers one step closer to a government-operated electronic free-file tax return system.

Inflation Reduction Act May Have Little Impact on Inflation

Inflation Reduction Act May Have Little Impact on Inflation

FINANCE | By Christopher Rugaber and Josh Boak | Aug 13, 2022

Will the measure actually tame the price spikes that have inflicted hardships on American households? Economic analyses suggest that the answer is likely no — not anytime soon, anyway.

Over $2B Announced for Roads, Bridges, Bike Lanes Across U.S.

Over $2B Announced for Roads, Bridges, Bike Lanes Across U.S.

FINANCE | By Terry Tang and David A. Lieb | Aug 12, 2022

U.S. transportation officials announced $2.2 billion for local infrastructure projects on Thursday, paving the way for new bridges, roads, bike lanes, railways and ports in scores of communities.

How is Inflation Affecting Commuting Costs?

How is Inflation Affecting Commuting Costs?

FINANCE | By Adriana Morga | Aug 12, 2022

Gas prices have fallen, but they're still much higher than a year ago. And with inflation driving up the cost of pretty much everything else, finding the funds to cover your commute may be increasingly tricky.

U.S. Inflation will Likely Stay High Even as Gas Prices Fall

U.S. Inflation will Likely Stay High Even as Gas Prices Fall

FINANCE | By Christopher Rugaber | Aug 10, 2022

Americans may finally be catching a break from relentlessly surging prices — if just a slight one — even as inflation is expected to remain painfully high for months.

3 Ways to Fight Inflation and Win the Long Game

3 Ways to Fight Inflation and Win the Long Game

FINANCE | By Liz Weston, NerdWallet | Aug 9, 2022

In so many areas, your buying power is shrinking as prices continue to rise. Thankfully, many of the best moves to counteract inflation align beautifully with time-tested money management practices.

Tougher IRS Enforcement Central to Dem Economic Package

Tougher IRS Enforcement Central to Dem Economic Package

FINANCE | By Kevin Freking | Aug 5, 2022

After more than a decade of mostly losing out, the Internal Revenue Service may finally get the cash infusion it's long wanted in the economic package that Democrats are working on.

New Crypto Oversight Legislation Arrives as Industry Shakes

New Crypto Oversight Legislation Arrives as Industry Shakes

FINANCE | By Fatima Hussein and Ken Sweet | Aug 4, 2022

After 13 years, at least three crashes, dozens of scams and Ponzi schemes and hundreds of billions of dollars made and evaporated, cryptocurrencies finally have the full attention of Congress.

Millennial Money: This Year's Summer Travel FOMO is Real

Millennial Money: This Year's Summer Travel FOMO is Real

FINANCE | By Dalia Ramirex, NerdWallet | Aug 3, 2022

Compared to the last two years, 2022 is seeing a steep increase in travel, especially international, and it may feel impossible to keep up.

States Boost Child Care Money as Congressional Effort Stalls

States Boost Child Care Money as Congressional Effort Stalls

FINANCE | By Maysoon Khan | Aug 1, 2022

Democrats in Washington had ambitions to boost child care subsidies as part of a domestic spending bill. Those plans stalled due to a lack of bipartisan support, so some states moved ahead on their own.

What's In, and Out, of Democrats' Inflation-Fighting Package

What's In, and Out, of Democrats' Inflation-Fighting Package

FINANCE | By Lisa Mascaro | Jul 28, 2022

What started as a $4 trillion effort to rebuild America's public infrastructure and family support systems has ended up a much slimmer, but not unsubstantial, compromise package.

No One Wins U.S. Mega Millions, Jackpot Now over $1B

No One Wins U.S. Mega Millions, Jackpot Now over $1B

FINANCE | Jul 27, 2022

A giant Mega Millions lottery jackpot ballooned to $1.02 billion after no one matched all six numbers Tuesday night and won the top prize.

Is $810 Million Worth a $2 Mega Millions Ticket? It Depends

Is $810 Million Worth a $2 Mega Millions Ticket? It Depends

FINANCE | By Scott McFetridge | Jul 26, 2022

A Mega Millions lottery ticket that could pay off with an estimated $810 million prize — the nation's fourth-largest jackpot — after the game's next drawing Tuesday night.

Rents Spike as Big-Pocketed Investors Buy Mobile Home Parks

Rents Spike as Big-Pocketed Investors Buy Mobile Home Parks

FINANCE | By Michael Casey and Carolyn Thompson | Jul 26, 2022

Driven by some of the strongest returns in real estate, investors have shaken up a once-sleepy sector that's home to more than 22 million mostly low-income Americans in 43,000 communities.

3 Times When Debt Can Be a Helpful Tool

3 Times When Debt Can Be a Helpful Tool

FINANCE | By Sara Rathner, NerdWallet | Jul 23, 2022

In some corners of the personal finance advice world, getting into debt is just about the worst thing you can do. Still, there are times where taking on debt serves a purpose in your overall financial picture.

California OKs 'Baby Bonds' to Help Combat Child Poverty

California OKs 'Baby Bonds' to Help Combat Child Poverty

FINANCE | By Adam Beam | Jul 22, 2022

Last month, California became the first state to commit to setting up trust funds for children who lost a parent or caregiver to the pandemic.

Inflation? Not Where Investment Fees are Concerned

Inflation? Not Where Investment Fees are Concerned

FINANCE | By Stan Choe | Jul 22, 2022

This year's crazy market swings prove once again how little control we have over our investments.

Americans Filing Jobless Claims at Highest Level in 8 Months

Americans Filing Jobless Claims at Highest Level in 8 Months

FINANCE | By Matt Ott | Jul 21, 2022

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week rose to the highest level in more than eight months in what may be a sign that the labor market is weakening.

Kimberly Palmer: How to Afford Big-Ticket Items for the Year

Kimberly Palmer: How to Afford Big-Ticket Items for the Year

FINANCE | By Kimberly Palmer, NerdWallet | Jul 17, 2022

When it comes to saving money on big purchases, sometimes timing really is everything. Taking advantage of certain holiday weekends and seasonal discounts can lead to significant savings.

Liz Weston: 3 Lessons I Wish I'd Learned Sooner about Travel

Liz Weston: 3 Lessons I Wish I'd Learned Sooner about Travel

FINANCE | By Liz Weston | Jul 16, 2022

Almost every trip teaches me something about myself, the world and what not to do next time. Here are three hard-won travel lessons that may help you learn from my mistakes.

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