More surprising travel trends amid COVID-19 pandemic

Even though people are locked in and unable to visit their favorite watering holes or get their hair done in some places across the country, many are still traveling. However, despite an escalation in COVID-19 cases, Americans are still traveling this summer. While international trips are on hold,  domestic travel [...]

By |2020-07-29T15:44:00-08:00July 30th, 2020|Lifestyle|Comments Off on More surprising travel trends amid COVID-19 pandemic

Businesses filing cash transaction reports via e-file option; batch filing available

The Internal Revenue Service reminds businesses required to file reports of large cash transactions that e-filing is a fast, easy, and secure option for filing their reports. Now, businesses can batch file their reports, which is especially helpful to those required to file many forms, according to an IRS news [...]

By |2020-07-25T10:45:42-08:00July 28th, 2020|Finance|Comments Off on Businesses filing cash transaction reports via e-file option; batch filing available

Consumer engagement with travel sites dips with resurgence of COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases began to rise following state reopenings in June 2020, new research from Comscore found that consumer engagement on travel-related websites also began to decline, signaling that consumers are still wary of traveling during the pandemic. While April marked the low point of engagement in 2020 to date [...]

By |2020-07-22T14:56:39-08:00July 23rd, 2020|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Consumer engagement with travel sites dips with resurgence of COVID-19

New law, seniors not req’d to take distributions from retirement accounts

The Internal Revenue Service reminds seniors and retirees that they are not required to take money out of their IRAs and workplace retirement plans this year. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, waives required minimum distributions during 2020 for IRAs and retirement plans, including beneficiaries [...]

By |2020-07-19T17:06:30-08:00July 21st, 2020|Finance|Comments Off on New law, seniors not req’d to take distributions from retirement accounts

Home sales exceed pre-pandemic levels for first time

Has the real estate market turned around during this unprecedented time? Apparently, yes. Home sales surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the first time the week ending July 5, up 2% on a seasonally adjusted basis compared to January and February levels, according to a new report from Redfin, a technology-powered real estate brokerage. The [...]

By |2020-07-15T16:06:41-08:00July 16th, 2020|Real Estate|Comments Off on Home sales exceed pre-pandemic levels for first time

IRS: a ‘Paycheck Checkup’ helps avoid tax surprises

It's almost the deadline to pay your 2019 taxes, are you ready? The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that using the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator to do a Paycheck Checkup can help them have the right amount of tax withheld and avoid surprises when filing next year. Because income taxes are pay-as-you-go, taxpayers [...]

By |2020-07-11T14:18:56-08:00July 14th, 2020|Finance|Comments Off on IRS: a ‘Paycheck Checkup’ helps avoid tax surprises

NAR’s Volunteering Works program 2020 mentoring and grant recipients

The National Association of Realtors and the Good Neighbor Society honored the recipients of the 12th annual Volunteering Works grants and the mentoring program recently. The program matches Realtors who work on newer, small-scale charitable initiatives with mentors and provides funding support to individual volunteer efforts. The five Volunteering Works [...]

By |2020-07-08T11:49:31-08:00July 9th, 2020|Real Estate|Comments Off on NAR’s Volunteering Works program 2020 mentoring and grant recipients

More retailers accepting cash payments for federal taxes

Good News: the Internal Revenue Service recently announced additional retail partners who are accepting cash payments for federal taxes. This cash payment option is for individual and business taxpayers. The IRS' continuing partnership with ACI Worldwide's OfficialPayments.com and the PayNearMe Company lets taxpayers make a payment without a bank account or [...]

By |2020-07-05T10:27:59-08:00July 7th, 2020|Finance|Comments Off on More retailers accepting cash payments for federal taxes

National groups launch COVID-19 peer review to help schools plan for re-opening

As schools begin preparing for reopening in the fall, the Collaborative for Student Success and the Center on Reinventing Public Education is involved in a joint effort to provide expert analysis of school reopening plans across the country. Together, CRPE's releasing a tool to highlight innovative practices in meeting the [...]

By |2020-07-01T19:31:35-08:00July 2nd, 2020|Student Loans|Comments Off on National groups launch COVID-19 peer review to help schools plan for re-opening
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