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5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Next Stimulus Check

Many of us who’ve weathered the pandemic-related economic downturn relatively well may have blown some or all of that money on impulse buys. It’s understandable both given the psychic toll of 2020 and the suspect spending habits many of us have. However, with additional checks likely on the way, it’s best to have a plan now for how you might spend that extra money. Here are five responsible ways to use that next stimulus check. Save your stimulus money Part of the reasoning behind the stimulus checks is that getting money into people’s hands will increase consumer spending and help prop up business revenue. However, while spending may be good for the country, it may not be the most prudent decision for you and your family. If you don’t have savings of at least $1,000 (or preferably three to six months’ worth of living expenses), stash that next check to be prepared for emergencies. Invest in stocks 2020 saw the major stock market indices hit historic highs, making many people...


Feb 12, 2021

Places Where Taxpayers May Wait Longer for Their Stimulus Checks

The CARES Act stimulus checks may offer some relief to taxpayers amid the coronavirus outbreak, but distribution may pose a problem for the millions who don’t use direct deposit to receive their tax refunds. In 2019, 19.8 million taxpayers waited longer for their tax refunds to arrive via paper check. Today, these same taxpayers will have to wait longer again — potentially up to an additional three months — for their stimulus checks. MagnifyMoney looked at the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. to determine where taxpayers used direct deposit the most (and least) to receive their 2018 tax refund. Cities with the highest percentages of check-receiving taxpayers are where people will likely wait longer for financial relief to arrive. In this review, we’ll cover: Key findings Where taxpayers may have to wait longer for their stimulus checks What to do if you didn’t use direct deposit File your 2019 tax return as soon as possible Provide your banking information to the IRS online Open...

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Apr 9, 2020