How-to guide for testing programs to reopen schools safely

As school systems across the country are grappling with complex questions on how to reopen safely, Testing for America, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Skoll Foundation, released a new how-to guide to reopen – and keep open – the more than 130,000 K-12 schools in the United States fulltime. Published [...]

By |2021-05-26T11:39:00-08:00May 27th, 2021|Academics|Comments Off on How-to guide for testing programs to reopen schools safely

Tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan, and Child Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service provided guidance on tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). Notice 2021-31 PDF provides guidance for employers, plan administrators, and health insurers regarding the new credit available to them for providing [...]

By |2021-05-22T15:21:02-08:00May 25th, 2021|Finance|Comments Off on Tax breaks under the American Rescue Plan, and Child Tax Credit

Three epic road trips through Monterey County, California

With California set to fully reopen by mid-June and the majority of Americans ready to hit the road and explore, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau has compiled a list of must-discover routes and corresponding not-to-miss local dishes and signature beverages throughout the breathtaking California central coast destination. After a long year [...]

By |2021-05-19T15:46:24-08:00May 20th, 2021|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Three epic road trips through Monterey County, California

Deadline to apply for 2022-2024 volunteer Taxpayer Advocacy Panel extended

The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for civic-minded volunteers to apply for membership on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) for 2022. Taxpayers may submit a TAP application online at www.improveirs.org through June 1, 2021. The TAP is a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns, and [...]

By |2021-05-15T16:39:33-08:00May 18th, 2021|Finance|Comments Off on Deadline to apply for 2022-2024 volunteer Taxpayer Advocacy Panel extended

Hostels across the US reopening to travelers after COVID-19 lockdowns

If you or someone you know plans to travel this summer and is looking for a different kind of venue to stay — individuals as well as families — numerous hostels are reopening after being shut down due to the pandemic. According to Hostelling International USA, one of the larger [...]

By |2021-05-12T12:15:53-08:00May 13th, 2021|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Hostels across the US reopening to travelers after COVID-19 lockdowns

As hurricane season nears, prepare for natural disasters

The Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone that May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and is also National Wildfire Awareness Month. Now is a good time to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters. In the last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared major disasters following hurricanes, tropical [...]

By |2021-05-08T13:59:47-08:00May 11th, 2021|Finance|Comments Off on As hurricane season nears, prepare for natural disasters

States that are recovering the fastest from COVID-19

Things seem to be looking up a bit. With the unemployment rate at 6% and around 32% of the population fully vaccinated, a new report offers insight as to the states that are recovering the fastest from COVID-19. To identify the states that are having the most successful recoveries, WalletHub [...]

By |2021-05-05T15:51:10-08:00May 6th, 2021|Finance|Comments Off on States that are recovering the fastest from COVID-19

Some people get more time to file taxes without asking

Anyone can request an automatic tax-filing extension, but some people get extra time without asking, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year the IRS postponed the usual April 15 deadline for filing individual income tax returns until May 17, 2021. Even so, as is the [...]

By |2021-05-02T11:06:48-08:00May 4th, 2021|Finance|Comments Off on Some people get more time to file taxes without asking

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