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Govt. expands refinancing options for low-income homeowners

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on Wednesday announced a new refinance option for certain low-income borrowers, helping them take advantage of low interest rates and save money each month. ...

How struggling households can get federal rental assistance

An estimated 8.8 million Americans are behind on their rent, according the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While relief efforts have staved off some of the housing crisis, rent is still going to...

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the U.S. Overall, 55% of Americans say th...

Stimulus payments headed to Social Security recipients soon

Social Security recipients and other federal beneficiaries who don't normally file a tax return should expect their coronavirus relief payments soon. The federal government began di...

IRS will delay tax filing due date until May 17

The Internal Revenue Service is delaying the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17, according to the House Ways and Means Committee. The IRS and Treasury Departm...

What to do if you are a victim of unemployment fraud

Unemployment fraud in the U.S. has reached dramatic levels during the pandemic — the Labor Department inspector general’s office estimates that more than $63 billion has been paid out improperly throu...

When to expect payments, other benefits from relief package

As the latest federal pandemic relief package makes its way to President Joe Biden’s desk, Americans may be wondering when the benefits will reach them. The $1.9 trillion known as t...

Suze Orman on women, money and surviving the pandemic

Women are bearing a tremendous financial burden during the pandemic, primarily because of leaving the workforce, by choice or by force. The Associated Press spoke with Suze Orman, p...

'Mom, can I buy stocks?' GameStop provides teachable moment

The recent GameStop frenzy provided what parents and educators call a teachable moment — an opportunity that presents itself to lend a little insight. So what is the best way for pa...

Lost a job or income? Don't lose access to key tax credits

Americans who lost their job or some of their income in 2020 should pay attention to a new, one-time provision that ensures they don't lose access to valuable tax credits as well. T...

Taxing time: How the pandemic will affect filing your taxes

Tax filing season will start a bit later this year and look a bit different too. That’s because the pandemic that defined 2020 has seeped into tax time too. If you worked from home, received a relief ...

Attacks on individuals fall as cybercrime shifts tactics

Cybercriminals shifted away from stealing individual consumers' information in 2020 to focus on bigger, more profitable attacks on businesses, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Ce...

Consumer financial-hardship agreements slow but remain high

Credit reporting agency TransUnion has found that nearly 3% of common consumer debts were in financial-hardship status at the end of 2020, illustrating that many Americans are struggling to get by fin...

IRS gets more relief payments out after delays

The IRS said that after initial problems, it is getting more of the second round of relief payments to taxpayers. The government began distributing the payments, worth $600 per elig...

Didn't get your relief payment yet? You aren't alone

Didn't get your second relief check yet? You aren't alone. While the IRS and Treasury have distributed the bulk of the anticipated $164 million in second-round of relief payments fo...