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Waiting for your coronavirus stimulus cash? Beware of scams News 

Waiting for your coronavirus stimulus cash? Beware of scams

Many American households are awaiting coronavirus stimulus relief from the IRS, but agencies have been warning about a rise in tax scams that could plague taxpayers. According to the tax agency, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars – along with their personal information – to tax scams. Fraud can be initiated through email, by telephone or regular mail, and it can target not only individuals but also businesses, payroll and even tax professionals. And with stimulus checks on the way, fraudsters have a new wave of opportunity to…

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Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse News 

Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse

With shortages of N95 face masks persisting nationwide, healthcare facilities are scrambling to find ways to clean and treat the masks for reuse to protect doctors and nurses most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Duke University thinks it has found a solution using vaporized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the masks. The process uses specialized equipment to vaporize hydrogen peroxide, which can then infuse all the layers of the mask to kill germs (including viruses) without degrading mask material. “This is a decontamination technology and method we’ve used for years…

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Can You Delay a Credit Card Payment Because of the Coronavirus? News 

Can You Delay a Credit Card Payment Because of the Coronavirus?

Efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus with shelter-in-place orders and closures of all but essential businesses have cut many workers’ income. Those who have lost jobs or hours since the COVID-19 crisis hit face a lot of tough financial decisions. One of those is how to make regular bill payments. The good news is that credit card issuers are responding to the crisis with help for people in distress. If you contact your credit card issuer, you may be able to delay your upcoming payments. But you need…

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Uber provides free meals, discounted rides for health care workers News 

Uber provides free meals, discounted rides for health care workers

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story understated the number of first responders represented by 1199SEIU. Free meals and discounted Uber rides are now available for over 25,000 health care workers in certain regions of the U.S. who are helping respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is part of Uber’s latest partnership with health care union 1199SEIU, which represents over 450,000 first responders in the country. Uber says the $2-million partnership will serve health care workers in New York, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland, offering 20% off…

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Burger King Is Giving Everyone Free Delivery Through March 29 News 

Burger King Is Giving Everyone Free Delivery Through March 29

Once upon a time (last week), wearing sweatpants all day and having food delivered for every meal was borderline “lazy,” but now — in the age of social distancing — it’s just responsible. As such, it may be time to embrace our inner couch potato, especially now that almost all of our favorite fast food chains are doing away with standard delivery fees for the next few weeks. In addition to Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, and more, Burger King just announced its own delivery promotion in partnership with Grubhub….

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If you’re a struggling small business owner, sign up for this Amex credit card right now News 

If you’re a struggling small business owner, sign up for this Amex credit card right now

American Express’ two companion Platinum credit cards, The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, offer a ton of value between them, something we’ve touted on more than one occasion. These are all-around solid rewards cards, combining big up-front welcome offers with a long list of excellent perks. There is one major difference between the two that we’d like to highlight in this post – and if you’re a business owner, listen up: Right now, you can earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points…

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Apple announces WWDC 2020 will be an online-only event News 

Apple announces WWDC 2020 will be an online-only event

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, Apple announced on Friday that this year’s edition of its Worldwide Developers Conference will be “a completely new online experience” with no plans for in-person meetings or a traditional keynote address. Despite the change in format, Apple says that the event will still give developers access to new versions of its software and will have content for “consumers, press, and developers alike.” Alongside its iPhone reveal events every year, WWDC is perhaps Apple’s most important annual gathering, giving thousands of developers access to the…

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These are the 13 states that might tax your Social Security benefit News 

These are the 13 states that might tax your Social Security benefit

Social Security is easily our country’s most successful social program. For more than 80 years, Social Security has made guaranteed monthly payouts to eligible retired workers, with over 64 million people today receiving a benefit. What’s more, these payouts are making a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of elderly Americans. Even though the average retired worker benefit is only $1,505.50 a month, as of January 2020, this payout is singlehandedly responsible for pulling more than 15 million retirees out of poverty. But there’s something else Americans get with Social…

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Where to file your taxes for free News 

Where to file your taxes for free

Filing taxes is one of the most tedious things you’ll ever do. But you’re required to do it every year, even as tax laws and requirements change. You could buy software from places like TurboTax or H&R Block to do it yourself. Or you can visit a tax specialist who can help you earn as much money as you can in your tax return. For other people, seeing a professional might reduce how much you owe in taxes. But not everyone needs the help of software or a professional. For…

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How to secure your Amazon account right now News 

How to secure your Amazon account right now

Locking down your Amazon account is a simple task, and one you absolutely should take the time to do. Your account is a treasure trove of personal information, from credit or debit cards to your address and those of friends and loved ones — all information that any hacker would love to access. Take a few minutes to audit your personal details, use a more secure password and enable an extra layer of protection for your account. Double-check your personal info First, make sure that the information linked to your…

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