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Trying to win millions

IRS: File your taxes online for free, now

If you want to get a jump on tax season, the IRS “Free File” program is now open.

  How COVID-19 may have changed the way you file your taxes

It’s that time of the year were W-2′s are starting to roll in and doing your taxes this year can often leave you scratching your head and this year it could be even more difficult.

  YOUR MONEY: Holiday returns

The holiday shopping season is over which means retail return season is about to pick up.

  More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

The Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department are preparing to revive the PPP five months after its first two rounds of funding ended.

  Didn’t get your relief payment yet? You aren’t alone

While the IRS and Treasury have distributed the bulk of the anticipated $164 million in second-round of relief payments for Americans faster than the first time, millions have not gotten payments yet or found hiccups in the distribution.

  SNAP benefits to increase for six months due to COVID-19, beginning Jan. 8

If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits officials with the Department say you will see an increase in your SNAP benefits for the first six months of 2021.

  When will you get your stimulus money, if you haven’t already?

Stimulus payments will continue to be sent through Jan. 15.

  LWC actively distributing $300 federal pandemic unemployment compensation

All eligible individuals who are currently receiving unemployment benefits for weeks ending January 2, 2021, through March 13, 2021, are also eligible to receive the additional Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

  SCAM ALERT: BBB warns of scammers trying to cash in on second round of stimulus checks

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that scammers are taking advantage of the news of Congress passing a COVID-19 relief bill that includes another round of stimulus checks for most Americans.

  Senate Republicans feeling pressure from White House to approve stimulus bill

Republicans in the Senate are feeling the pressure coming from the White House.

  Mnuchin: Some to start seeing $600 stimulus checks Tuesday night

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that distribution of $600 stimulus checks was about to begin, with some Americans seeing direct deposits as soon as Tuesday night.

  LWC awaits finalizations on COVID Relief Bill from Congress before extra $300 in unemployment benefits can be paid out

The Louisiana Workforce Commission awaits congress’ finalizations on COVID Relief Bill before they can start giving out the extra $300.

  YOUR MONEY: Beware of gift card scams

Gift cards are convenient because the person receiving it can buy whatever they want, but gift cards also give scammers an opportunity to take the money loaded on that card.

  Trump signs massive measure funding government, COVID relief

President Donald Trump has signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals.

Better Business Bureau shares tips on returns and exchanges during the holiday season

While most retailers do offer refund and exchange programs, policies vary greatly from one store to another.

  Federal student loan forbearance not extended in COVID-19 stimulus bill

The $900 billion, 5,593-page stimulus bill does not address student loan debt. Millions of student loan borrowers might be required to resume federal student loan payments on Feb. 1, 2021.

  What the new COVID relief package means for your money

Here’s what the COVID relief package — part of a $2.3 trillion spending bill — could mean for you, your family, your home or your business.

  Congress seals agreement on $900 billion COVID relief bill

Top negotiators in Congress have sealed a deal on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package.

  YOUR MONEY: Research store return and exchange policies before buying holiday gifts

If you're trying to buy gifts last minute before Christmas make sure you do your research. Shoppers are already reporting scams for certain hot toys going around.

  YOUR MONEY: Best things to buy in December

With Christmas coming up you might think December is not a good time to score some deals but they are out there. RetailMeNot shares the best things to buy in December.


  Millennial Park item deferred until February at metro council zoning committee

  Barber shop normally filled with chatter is quiet as all eyes focus on historic inauguration of Biden, Harris

Barbershops are normally filled with chatter between barbers and clients but one of Louisiana’s oldest barber shops was quiet on Wednesday, Jan. 20 as all eyes were focused on history in the making.