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Weston: What gig workers need to know about taxes

February 13, 2021, 5:57am Business

If you became a gig worker during the pandemic, beware: Your taxes just got more complicated. Read story

Weston: How to prioritize debt payments in the pandemic

February 6, 2021, 6:02am Business

A singular crisis has led to extraordinary relief options for borrowers. Interest and payments have been paused on federal student loans. Homeowners can request nearly a year of mortgage forbearance. Credit card issuers and other lenders dramatically expanded hardship programs. Read story

Weston: The tax credit fix many can’t afford to miss

January 30, 2021, 6:00am Business

Families battered by the pandemic recession soon may discover that the tax refunds they’re counting on are dramatically smaller — or that they actually owe income tax. Congress offered a partial solution, but the fix hasn’t been widely publicized, consumer advocates say. Read story

Weston: How to make budgeting as painless as possible

January 23, 2021, 6:32am Business

Budgeting is a pain. But what’s more painful is a bill you can’t easily pay, debt that costs a fortune or not having enough money to retire. Read story

Weston: Start 2021 off strong with these money moves

January 17, 2021, 6:00am Business

After the train wreck that was 2020, you may well question whether it’s worth trying to plan anything. But knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store. Read story

Weston: 4 financial ‘experts’ who could steer you wrong

January 16, 2021, 6:00am Business

None of us knows everything we need to know about money, so we may turn to experts for help. But some money professionals who offer advice are not qualified to do so — nor are they required to put our interests ahead of theirs. Read story

Weston: Start 2021 off strong with these money moves

January 9, 2021, 6:00am Business

After the train wreck that was 2020, you may well question whether it’s worth trying to plan anything. But knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store. Read story

Weston: Got life insurance? You may not have enough

December 19, 2020, 6:00am Business

You probably need life insurance if your death would cause financial hardship to someone else. If the only coverage you have is through your job, though, you may not have enough. Read story

Weston: Putting financial survivor’s guilt to good use

December 5, 2020, 6:02am Business

Financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin of Ann Arbor, Michigan, specializes in helping people deal with their anxieties about money. But since the pandemic started, Bryan-Podvin has been hearing more about guilt than fear. Read story

Weston: How small businesses can help workers save

November 21, 2020, 6:00am Business

Donna Skemp of Bend, Oregon, struggled to save before she signed up for an automatic savings plan offered by her employer’s payroll services company. Now, some of her pay goes into a federally insured, interest-paying savings account that she can access any time with a debit card. Read story