Fourth stimulus checks not expected as federal government grapples with omicron surge

New Yorkers queued for Covid-19 testing in Times Square on Dec. 26, 2021, as the omicron variant continued to spread. Andrew Kelly | Reuters  Omicron is wreaking more disruption on the American economy. That could prompt Washington lawmakers to revisit relief strategies from earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic. Conversations on Capitol Hill have turned to … Read more

10 things that will be more expensive in 2022

One thing is for sure: 2022 is going to cost you. Between inflation and ongoing supply chain issues, prices are rising on consumer goods nearly across the board. “I really don’t think there’s any way to escape,” said Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews.com. But that doesn’t mean you can’t shop smarter for the … Read more

There are partial outages at Vanguard. What to do if you can’t make a required minimum distribution by Dec. 31

FG Trade | E+ | Getty Images Vanguard investors have been grappling with partial website outages over the past several days that have blocked some customers from trade confirmations, certain statements and forms. These interruptions may cause problems for those making year-end transactions, such as required minimum distributions, as there’s a 50% penalty for missing the … Read more

More employers put 401(k) savings on autopilot

Marko Geber | DigitalVision | Getty Images Employers are increasingly putting retirement savings on autopilot for their workers. About 62% of businesses with a 401(k) plan used automatic enrollment in 2020, up from 60% the year prior and 46% a decade ago, according to the Plan Sponsor Council of America, a trade group. This feature … Read more

There’s still time to slash your 2021 tax bill with these last-minute moves

Valeriy_G | iStock | Getty Images Harvesting tax losses or gains Filers may consider tax-loss harvesting, which allows them to offset capital gains with losses. Investors with more losing assets than winners may even deduct up to $3,000 against their regular income.   “If you are facing an unusually high-income year or had tremendous losses, this … Read more

Crypto donations to charity are booming. What to know before making a year-end gift

The crypto ecosystem has expanded significantly in recent years. While institutions such as the IMF are starting to embrace its innovation, they are also calling for investors to exercise caution. Jakub Porzycki | NurPhoto via Getty Images Cryptocurrency donations to charity are booming, with gifts still rolling in as the calendar winds down. There was … Read more

‘It’s going to hurt us tremendously:’ Parents worry about the end of monthly child tax credit payments

Without the child tax credit, Stormy Johnson is worried about having enough to eat. Johnson, 44, works as a student support specialist in Preston County Schools in Kingwood, West Virginia. Since July, she’s been receiving an additional $500 each month through the enhanced child tax credit for her two children, Violet, 14, and Tristan, 13, … Read more

You need at least $1 million saved to retire in these cities

Sporrer/Rupp | Image Source | Getty Images How much do you think you’ll need to save for retirement? If you’re in one of these major cities, the answer will be at least $1 million to live an average lifestyle, according to MagnifyMoney. To find the amount needed to retire in each city, analysts used data … Read more

House Democrats want to raise SALT deduction cap to $80,000. What that means for your tax bill

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., speaks at a news conference announcing the State and Local Taxes (SALT) Caucus outside the U.S. Capitol on April 15, 2021. Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg | Getty Images House Democrats’ $1.75 trillion spending package boosts the limit on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, known as SALT, to $80,000 … Read more

The infrastructure bill cracks down on crypto tax reporting. What investors need to know

Chinnapong | iStock Editorial | Getty Images Cryptocurrency investors may face higher taxes as the infrastructure bill cracks down on future IRS reporting, financial experts say. The $1.2 trillion deal calls for mandatory yearly tax reporting from digital currency brokers starting in January 2023 to help pay for President Joe Biden’s domestic spending agenda.  The measure may bring in … Read more