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Criminals stealing unemployment benefits as claims surge

Criminals are seizing on a surge in job losses to steal unemployment benefits from Americans nationwide. This complicates an already tough situation for millions of financially strapped Americans and overwhelmed state unemployment offices. While ther...

 

Lost your job? Here's what you need to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 33.5 million Americans have lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits in the past 7 weeks — a stunning record high that reflects the near-complete shutdown of the U.S. economy. On Friday, the government said...

 

State unemployment systems tested by surge of applicants

Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. State websites and phone lines across the country have been overwhelmed with applicants — causing sites t...

 

What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks within the next few weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue package signed into law last week by President Donald Trump aimed at...

 

TurboTax maker Intuit buying Credit Karma in $7.1B deal

Intuit is buying consumer finance company Credit Karma in a $7.1 billion cash and stock deal that will take it deeper into the financial products realm. The agreement announced Monday would bring together the maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks and other...

 

HP rejects takeover offer from Xerox

HP Inc. says its board has rejected a roughly $33.5 billion takeover offer from Xerox. The Palo Alto, California-based company said Sunday that the cash and stock deal undervalues its business and its board cited concerns about “outsized” debt...

 

Taxed and confused? Here's where to get tax filing help

It's tough to know all the answers at tax time, particularly in a year with massive tax law changes. Sometimes people need help, but where should they turn? Here are a few options: IRS The IRS has answers to most tax questions online. Its website...

 

3 experts explain the changes in the Trump tax law

Tax preparation is rarely easy, but this filing season comes with a unique set of complications. It's the first year people are filing under the massive overhaul to tax law put in place by Congress in late 2017. Tax season also kicked off days after...

 

Poll: Half of young Americans see better financial future

About half of young Americans expect to be financially better off than their parents, according to a new poll, a sign that the dream of upward mobility is alive but somewhat tempered. The poll, by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...

 

Inflation, gas prices, tariffs squeeze consumers

The price of a can of Coca-Cola? Likely going up. A package of Pampers? That too. Plane tickets? They also may be more expensive. These items and more may cost more in the coming months as people start feeling the effects of higher fuel prices and...

 

IRS payment site fails on tax day, extensions to be granted

Americans who waited until the last day to pay their taxes online got an unwelcome surprise: The IRS website to make payments and access other key services is down. The IRS still expects Americans to pay their taxes but U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve...

 

Equifax hack put more info at risk than consumers knew

The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers' personal information than the company first disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers. The credit reporting company announced in September that the personal information of 145.5...

 

Even 'safe' bond investments falter as markets tumble

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market isn't the only thing dropping. Bonds, which are supposed to be the safe part of every investor's portfolio, have faltered, too. In what's been a rude awakening for some investors, bond funds have lost ground these...

 

What to expect for your personal finances in 2018

No one wants to be caught off-guard when it comes to their finances. So The Associated Press asked several experts to share their opinion on what will happen with some key issues in 2018 that will directly impact your personal financial well-being. H...

 

What to expect for your personal finances in 2018

No one wants to be caught off-guard when it comes to their finances. So The Associated Press asked several experts to share their opinion on what will happen with some key issues in 2018 that will directly impact your personal financial well-being. H...

 

Signs your aging parents need help managing their finances

It's inevitable. As we age, our bodies and our brains change, and not always like fine wine. Cognitive skills decline as part of the normal aging process and in turn, so do some of our financial management skills. Research shows that financial decisi...

 

What 2017 may mean for your personal finances

It's been a tumultuous 2016 — both financially and politically. The year may have left some people wondering, what's next? And, how will it affect me? Lacking a crystal ball, we asked a few economic experts what they think 2017 may hold in store fo...

 

Preventing not-so-happy holidays fraud

More spending, more donations, more travel and more distractions — there's no time like the holidays for fraud. "Scammers are opportunists and, unfortunately, at the holidays we give them plenty of opportunities," said Katherine Hutt, a...

 

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