Tax & Finance

The federal deficit hit an all time high of over $28 trillion in March 2021. Unlike the federal government, however, nearly all states are constitutionally required to have a balanced budget and...
Marijuana is big business. Millions of users spend billions of dollars on it every year. As it becomes legalized in more and more states — some 15 currently permit its personal purchase,...
After more than a year of pandemic-related border closures and restrictions, COVID-19 vaccines are providing hope for a post-pandemic surge in international travel and tourism. Still, even after the...
It’s a great feeling when you win a few thousand dollars (or more) from the lottery. It’s even a great feeling when you reach into the pocket of an old pair of pants or down into a purse you...
Dollar stores have been proliferating across the country in recent years, particularly in low-income and rural areas. Some people welcome the trend as they often open in under-served areas. Others...
Each year, Americans dread April 15 — Tax Day. However, the IRS announced in March that American taxpayers would have an extra month to file their federal income taxes, pushing Tax Day to May...
Though property taxes are generally set by local authorities such as cities, counties, and school boards, states often establish parameters in order to keep tax rates somewhat uniform. Each state,...
Big or small, some financial habits can zap a solid financial plan and leave smart savers with empty wallets. To avoid buyer’s remorse and similar guilt about neglecting your finances, you need to...
A gallon of gas cost an average of $2.80 in the United States as of early March. Gas prices recovered from their sharp dip during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when prices fell as low as...
Healthy frozen dinners might once have been a contradiction in terms, but that’s so last century. Whether you’re limiting meat, fat and carbs, or maximizing your intake of healthy fiber and...
From dealing with unexpected medical costs to supporting adult children, Americans often find themselves facing expenses they weren’t anticipating in their golden years. Plus, it’s harder to save...
On Jan. 20, President Donald Trump left office, leaving behind a complicated and controversial legacy. What is not disputed, however, is that the stock market rallied during his presidency, with the...
As more and more Americans reach retirement age, an increasing number of people use their pension as their main source of income. Pensions are retirement plans that guarantee incomes to retired...
State governments are constitutionally granted the power to control taxes, make and enforce laws, and regulate commerce within their borders. With these tools, state governments across the country...