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The stock market is having its worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. Andrew Harnik/ASSOCIATED PRESS Topline: As stocks continue to plunge and investors anxiously await financial stimulus measures to mitigate the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump insisted that markets will be “just fine,” despite Thursday’s massive sell-off. The stock market’s huge
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Getty (Note: Updated March 13, 2020) Will tax season close on time? Increasingly, taxpayers and tax professionals believe that there may be an extension of the tax filing season due to concerns about COVID-19.  COVID-19 is the official name for the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization,
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Stock market down on coronavirus fears. Getty Worldwide, more than 4,000 deaths. More than 120,000 infected. Cratering stock prices. Plunging interest rates. Plummeting oil prices. Supply chains, stressed by tariffs, now broken. Necessities stripped from store shelves. Quarantines. Social distancing. Mall traffic tumbling. Restaurants struggling. Flights canceled. Conferences canceled. March Madness now sadness. Business and
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Shutterstock Shutterstock Updates: March 13 at 3 pm ET: Per Tax Talks, “President Trump declared a national emergency under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the coronavirus. This declaration allows the Treasury Department and the IRS to extend the deadline for certain taxpayers and small businesses to pay taxes until
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I will pay my taxes sentence written repeatedly on blackboard as a punishment. Getty Routine activity theory explains tax evasion by looking at it as the convergence of motivated taxpayers, attractive tax savings, and guardians that are incapable of stopping or deterring evasion. Greater tax burdens and heavy reliance on self-assessment facilitate an environment conducive
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Getty The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the indictment of Michael Rahim Mohammad, a Dutch national. Mohammad, sometimes called “Mr. Dark,” has been accused of operating Dark Scandals, websites that featured violent rape videos and depictions of child pornography.  According to court pleadings, Mohammad was the administrator of the DarkScandals Sites, which he began operating in
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Employee standing and packing the box with his belongings while leaving the company and expressing … [+] sadness Getty President Trump and some Members of Congress are promoting a payroll tax cut to respond to the growing coronavirus outbreak. But if they are looking to stimulate or steady the overall U.S. economy, they might explore
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Social Network Backgrounds Getty The Gig economy has been expanding rapidly over the past decade and the number of users involved with platforms like Uber, Lyft & Airbnb has grown exponentially. The IRS recently launched the Gig Economy Tax Center on www.irs.gov. This is a brand new section of the IRS website dedicated to help
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Getty The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued guidance for some taxpayers who took out federal or private student loans to finance attendance at a nonprofit or for-profit school. The guidance offers relief for students whose loans have been discharged by the Department of Education and
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin The deal includes Chinese commitments to buy more U.S. goods in four industries. Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Topline: With the Phase One trade deal signing scheduled for tomorrow, new details have emerged about China’s pledge to significantly ramp up purchases of U.S. exports including manufactured
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Comfortable retirement: Still out of reach for most. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty … [+] Images) Corbis via Getty Images Congress ended 2019 by producing a budget of sorts. That fact, in itself, constitutes a rare accomplishment for this country’s dissipated and ever-distracted representative bodies. Such documents, as always, offer much to praise or
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Getty Getty Want to pay off student loans? Make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages for each repayment plan. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Student Loan Consolidation Federal student loan consolidation is the process of combining your federal student loans into a new federal student loan called a Direct Consolidation Loan. Only
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Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s column addresses questions about when and how a married couple can file, survivor’s benefits and the earnings test, divorced spousal benefits before retirement benefits, avoiding filing for retroactive retirement benefits unintentionally and the availability of divorced spousal benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the
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