Personal finance

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, speaks next to Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., during a news conference announcing GOP tax legislation, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
November 02, 2017 - 8:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have stressed that the tax plan they unveiled Thursday is tailored to benefit America's middle class. Just how much it would remains uncertain based on the details that have been provided so far. What is clear is that many of the benefits for the middle class...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
October 30, 2017 - 9:50 am
Long after the Equifax breach was announced, people were still struggling to freeze their credit reports as credit bureau websites failed, lured people to look-alike products or even redirected visitors to download malicious software. But that's just the start of the gauntlet people may have to run...
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October 28, 2017 - 2:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit-colleges. That would mean abandoning the Obama administration's policy of fully erasing that debt. Tens of thousands of...
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In this Sept. 26, 2017 photo, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means committee in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Brady says he’s discussing the 401(k) issue with President Donald Trump, who earlier this week shot down the possibility of changes to the popular savings program. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 26, 2017 - 9:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders Thursday scrambled to overcome pockets of resistance in order to muscle through a GOP budget plan that would pave the way for a 10-year, $1.5 trillion tax cut measure that's now the highest priority of President Donald Trump and his GOP allies. A close vote is...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, file photo, college graduates socialize before their commencement at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. Federal and state officials have launched the first national crackdown on companies that falsely promise debt relief for student loan borrowers. But critics say the Department of Education and its loan servicers expose consumers to fraud and fail to spot scams. (Leisa Thompson/The Ann Arbor News via AP, File)
October 20, 2017 - 10:36 am
Federal and state agencies are cracking down nationally for the first time on scams that gouge student loan borrowers, but critics say the U.S. Department of Education isn't helping. Prosecutors at the Federal Trade Commission, 11 states and the District of Columbia have filed 36 lawsuits and other...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015, file photo, a sign indicating Visa credit cards are accepted is posted at a New York business. Payment processing giant Visa is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics, such as your fingerprint, face, voice, etc., into approving credit card applications and payments. It could lead to customers having to take a selfie to verify they actually made an online purchase or applied for a particular credit card. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 19, 2017 - 1:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The selfie is everywhere — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application. Payment processing giant Visa is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics — your...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 3, 2016, file photo, people sit through an employment orientation class at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Atlanta. For many people, a tax surprise means finding out they have to tell the IRS about income they thought wasn’t taxable. For instance, income from unemployment payments is taxable. To avoid sticker shock, make quarterly estimated tax payments or have the payer withhold taxes on your unemployment checks. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
October 19, 2017 - 10:10 am
Tax season begins in just a few months, which means there's precious little time left to prevent unwelcome tax surprises next April. For many people, the blow comes when they find out they have to report income they thought wasn't taxable — and then have to come up with money to pay taxes on it...
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In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, workers begin repairs to a damaged irrigation pipe at the wildfire-damaged Signorello Estate winery in Napa, Calif. Residents in California wine country are increasingly worried about the ability to pay their bills as wildfires drag on. The state's deadliest group of fires has left many business owners and employees without work or pay for nine days. Business communities are just returning to assess the effect on revenue and jobs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
October 17, 2017 - 4:27 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Outside one of the first shops to reopen for business on an empty central square in California wine country, clerk Rhiannon Lorenzini swept the sidewalks as the sky cleared of ash more than a week after the state's deadliest group of wildfires ignited. In a wine region that...
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The wreckage of the car of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia lies next to a road in the town of Mosta, Malta, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Malta's prime minister says a car bomb has killed an investigative journalist on the island nation. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the bomb that killed reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia exploded Monday afternoon as she left her home in a town outside Malta's capital, Valetta. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)
October 16, 2017 - 4:27 pm
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta...
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Graphic shows annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustments; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;
October 13, 2017 - 12:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, thought it comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects benefits for more than...
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