Taxes

May 6, 2016

2016: States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Rates

Another tax season is thankfully behind us.  Tax season can be stressful for many Americans, especially those who still owe money to Uncle Sam at the […]
April 26, 2016

Banks Consolidate; Local Lenders Vanish

Where have all the bankers gone?  The continental lenders, with their corner branches – Wells Fargo and PNC, Citizens, TD and Bank of America – still compete with JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, and other branchless brands […]
April 25, 2016

March Bankruptcy Filings Show Decline from 2015

Total U.S. bankruptcy filings continue to decline year-over-year, falling 5% in the first calendar quarter (Jan. 1 – March 31) of 2016 from the same period […]
April 18, 2016

Can’t Pay Your Tax Bill?

Today is Tax Day.  Thanks to Emancipation Day falling on a Saturday this year, we were lucky enough to have a 3-day extension until April 18th.  […]
April 15, 2016

What is Emancipation Day?

This year, the whole country might finally learn about Emancipation Day – a D.C. holiday that is little known beyond the city.  The holiday, which marks […]
April 12, 2016

Low-Income Families’ Budgets are Stretched to the Limit

Low-income Americans are experiencing a staggering price hike in housing costs – a change that makes it sometimes impossible to afford basic necessities.  A new Pew Charitable […]
March 25, 2016

Collector Accused of Stealing $1M in Debts

Alan Ceccarelli, a Buffalo, N.Y.-based debt collector, allegedly misled and coerced thousands of people into paying debts they possibly didn’t owe, according to a 41-count grand […]
March 14, 2016

Millennial Home Buyers Choose Suburbs

Cities may be the top choice for millennials who rent apartments, but young home buyers are moving in droves to the suburbs, where prices are lower and […]
March 11, 2016

States With the Most Household Debt

Total U.S. household debt continued to climb in the fourth quarter of 2015. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Quarterly Report on Household […]