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Waiting for a refund? Check your refund status online News 

Waiting for a refund? Check your refund status online

So far this year, the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) has issued more than 1.6 million Individual Income Tax refunds. If you are waiting on your refund, especially if you filed an amended return, check your refund status online. Here’s how: Use our refund status application, which is available 24/7 and provides the same information as our customer service representatives. You will need your Social Security number or ITIN and your exact refund amount. You can expect your refund to move through our review process within 6-8 weeks from…

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3 reasons why almost every VC investor passed on Zoom Technology 

3 reasons why almost every VC investor passed on Zoom

We now live in a Zoom world. Since founding the now-iconic video-conferencing company in 2011, Eric Yuan has elevated Zoom to one of the most successful SaaS businesses in recent history. With 400,000 paying customers, $600+ million in quarterly revenue, and a market cap north of $100 billion, Zoom is ubiquitous in post-pandemic 2020. But when Yuan was raising his Series A round back in 2012, dozens of institutional venture capital firms — including those focused on early-stage, cloud, and mobile deals — passed on Zoom. Why, and what can investors and…

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2021 tax filing season begins Feb. 12; IRS outlines steps to speed refunds during pandemic News 

2021 tax filing season begins Feb. 12; IRS outlines steps to speed refunds during pandemic

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns. The February 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the December 27 tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits. This programming work is critical to ensuring IRS systems run smoothly. If filing season were opened…

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We’re about to learn if Apple’s iPhone 12 is a smash hit Technology 

We’re about to learn if Apple’s iPhone 12 is a smash hit

Apple’s iPhone is already one of the most popular consumer products ever. And normally, it’s a safe bet that when Apple makes big changes to the phone’s design, as it did with the iPhone 12, sales go into overdrive. But this past year has been anything but normal. In February, Apple warned that sales and manufacturing for its products were likely to be impacted by the coronavirus. Soon after, economies around the world slid into recession and unemployment rates soared as the pandemic upended our way of life and kept…

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10 worst credit card mistakes to avoid in 2021 News 

10 worst credit card mistakes to avoid in 2021

A credit card can be such a wonderful financial tool. It can help you build credit, give your budget some breathing room and earn you rewards. But if you’re not managing your credit card usage correctly, the result can be quite the opposite. To avoid that, let’s look into common credit card habits you’re going to want to leave in 2020. Here are 10 of the worst credit card mistakes to avoid in the new year. Are you growing your credit and have a question for Ana? Drop her a…

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Never mind the tax refund. Stimulus check money is why you should file early this year News 

Never mind the tax refund. Stimulus check money is why you should file early this year

Sure, you may get your federal tax refund quicker if you file as soon as the IRS starts processing returns on Feb. 12. But this year, you have two more good reasons to start preparing now for tax season 2020. By setting up direct deposit with the IRS, you mostly likely will receive your third stimulus check sooner, especially if it happens during tax season. By filing as soon as you can, you’ll also be able to quickly recover any unpaid stimulus check money you’re owed. At least 8 million people who were eligible for stimulus check money didn’t receive a check they…

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Missing stimulus check: You may need to request a payment trace from the IRS News 

Missing stimulus check: You may need to request a payment trace from the IRS

It’s been nearly four weeks since the IRS and US Treasury started sending the second stimulus checks and if you didn’t receive the money you qualify for, there are a handful of reasons why you may be still waiting. While we can recommend using this IRS tool as a starting point to get a little more information, you may need to take further action to hunt down your check. One way is to claim your missing money on your 2020 tax return next month, as a Recovery Rebate Credit (here’s how). But in some situations, you will need to contact the…

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Bernie Sanders’ Viral ‘Grumpy Chic’ Look for Inauguration Day Inspires New T-shirt Design News 

Bernie Sanders’ Viral ‘Grumpy Chic’ Look for Inauguration Day Inspires New T-shirt Design

The inauguration ceremony of US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was a much-talked-about event across the world. However, what continues to reign the internet is Senator Bernie Sanders’ photograph from the ceremony. The Democrat leader from Vermont became the subject of hundreds of memes as his picture of him sitting on a chair with some of the comfiest set of outfits went viral. And as it seems, Bernie’s campaign team is already set on capitalizing this trending meme. The Bernie campaign website has launched sweatshirts that have…

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President Biden appoints ‘world-class’ cybersecurity team in wake of hacks News 

President Biden appoints ‘world-class’ cybersecurity team in wake of hacks

President Biden is elevating the importance of cybersecurity in light of the SolarWinds hack that compromised multiple government institutions. Reuters reports that Biden has appointed (and will soon appoint) a host of officials well-versed in cybersecurity. To start, the new White House has chosen the NSA’s Anne Neuberger (shown above) for a newly created Deputy National Security Adviser role in the National Security Council. She’s best known for leading the NSA’s cyberdefense division and alerting companies to foreign hackers’ techniques. Other Council additions are cybersecurity gurus, including Michael Sulmeyer as…

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Walmart Will Be Administering The COVID Vaccine At Stores In These States News 

Walmart Will Be Administering The COVID Vaccine At Stores In These States

Walmart (WMT) is expanding the number of COVID vaccination sites it offers. The retail giant will soon offer the COVID-19 vaccine at stores in seven more states, starting as soon as this week, Reuters reported. The COVID vaccine will rollout in Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as at stores in Chicago and Puerto Rico, a Walmart spokeswoman said. Walmart already administers COVID shots in New Mexico and in its home state of Arkansas. As with all COVID vaccines, doses will be administered to…

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