It always amazes me how little people know about government and how much they complain about it. My dad was a big critic of capitalism and the government, so when a friend in Pullman, Washington, Ora Mae Orton, suggested I join the League of Women Voters, I thought it would be a good idea.
Are you filing your taxes today? Did you file them earlier? Have you already received your refund? For the last several years, I’ve purchased a TurboTax disk to do my taxes. It’s worked pretty well. I was able to get my questions answered from its customer service without too much trouble.
This week, I wrote the 100th issue of my newsletter Helpful Money Tips for You. To celebrate, instead of offering my usual 10 tips, I offered 100. To sign up to get my free newsletter, go to http://eepurl.com/gkZ6JH. You'll get it in your email.
It’s strange. The weather’s been cloudy and rainy here in the Seattle area. Then, to celebrate July Fourth, I worked on my taxes instead of hosting a party with lots of red, white, and blue. Yes, with the 2020 pandemic, things are all mixed up.
It will be time to file your income taxes soon, so that means scam artists are hard at work trying to get your money. The IRS is seeing two new types of tax-related scams, one dealing with Social Security numbers and the other a phony tax bill:
Retirement is different than it used to be. Many more retirees are still trying to pay off their homes. One of four homeowners 30 years ago who were in their late 60s and 70s still had a mortgage. These days, nearly half have one.
There are about 20.4 million veterans in America, and they make up less than 10 percent of the adult population in the country, according to the Pew Research Center. The center offers these facts about those who have served in the military and how they’re changing:
It’s Election Day throughout the nation in most places, and states are having important local elections. Be sure to research carefully who to vote for in these races. The people who run your city, county, and schools are important to your life and the lives of your family.
It’s International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, a campaign to help charities and their contributors avoid charity. Actions donors can take to avoid fraud are: check with the agency that regulates charities in your state, go to the FTC website, and check with organizations that rate charities.
It’s a good time during April’s Financial Literacy Month to take a look at how you handle your finances. What is financial literacy? It’s knowing how to manage your personal finances. How are Americans doing with financial literacy? In a survey of 1,500 people, respondents estimated that lacking knowledge about...