May 3, 2013
DEAR HARRY: One of my chief financial concerns is having control of my finances. I have set up a will, legal and medical powers of attorney, etc., through a lawyer who specializes in elder law. I'm still leery of online banking because of the security risk, the risk of errors, the possibility of getting confused. I am nearing 83 years old and feel that I'm slowing down. I'm thinking of setting up an automatic-payment plan to handle my monthly credit-card bill. For years, I have had direct deposit for my Social Security and my pension, as well as automatic payments for all my bills other than my credit card.
February 19, 2013 |
Thanks for the memories, Andrew Bynum. It was quite a time. The hairdos, the tough 7-10 splits, the hours spent on the anti-gravity treadmill. And hey, we'll always have London. That's where Doug Collins, Josh Harris, and Adam Aron were when the 76ers made the megadeal that brought Bynum to Philadelphia. In that spirit, those same chaps should bid Bynum "Cheerio" as the NBA resumes its season after the all-star break. No more updates on Bynum's, ahem, progress. No more speculating on whether the Sixers should consider a long-term deal with the 7-foot center.
January 7, 2013
DEAR ABBY: Please help me spread an important message to people who receive Social Security or other federal benefits each month via one of the estimated 5.4 million paper checks each month. Starting March 1, the Treasury Department is requiring all Social Security, VA, SSI and other federal beneficiaries receive their benefits by electronic payment. Senior citizens and other federal beneficiaries may choose either direct deposit or the Treasury-recommended Direct Express Debit MasterCard.
January 9, 2012 |
For Philadelphia teachers cranky about paychecks again not arriving in the mail by Friday, the School District has two words: direct deposit . "We can't guarantee delivery by the post office," district spokesman Fernando Gallard said. "If you need a check by a guaranteed time, then sign up for direct deposit. " During the week before Christmas, which fell on a Sunday, some teachers said their checks had not arrived by Friday, as they had come to expect. That meant holiday gifts weren't bought and yuletide plans were fouled.
December 28, 2011 |
With no presents for her children and $3.20 in her checking account, it wasn't the merriest of Christmases for Crystal Wright Edwards. Edwards, a teacher, blames her employer: the Philadelphia School District. The paychecks of hundreds - perhaps thousands - of district employees were late. At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Edwards' check finally arrived. As she put it: "Angry can't even begin to describe how I feel. " District spokesman Fernando Gallard said the checks went out on time, with "no issue on our end. " His villain?
December 1, 2011 |
Because of address errors, the IRS has $153 million in refunds it couldn't deliver to 99,123 taxpayers this year, the agency announced yesterday. That's an average of $1,547 per check. Those who think they have money coming can check by going to www.irs.gov and using the "Where's My Refund?" tool. Social security number, filing status, and the exact refund amount from the submitted return are required. Another option is to call the IRS refund hotline at 1-800-829-1954.
April 28, 2011 |
Mother's Day is second only to the winter holidays when it comes to consumer spending. If you're gearing up to buy jewelry, flowers or a nice dinner, don't spend more because you've procrastinated. In other words, act now. To help you stay on top of financial matters big and small, here are some of the key dates and money matters to keep an eye on. May 1: No more paper - Anyone applying for Social Security benefits after May 1 will receive their payments electronically.
May 30, 2005 |
There's one conclusion that wins the agreement of just about everyone in the Social Security debate. And it doesn't have anything to do with the system per se. It's that Americans don't save enough for retirement, or for any other purpose. The personal savings rate stands at a mere 1 percent of disposable income, down from 5 percent a decade ago. Getting today's younger workers to put more money away isn't going to prevent Social Security from running short of money in the future.
April 11, 2005 |
A paper chase is nearing an end for hundreds of thousands of child-support recipients in Pennsylvania. This month, recipients of court-ordered support payments in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, and Montgomery Counties will receive notification that the checks will no longer be in the mail but in a debit card. Since August, the state has been phasing in the debit system to replace the support checks that are sent out from Harrisburg, according to officials. The program started in Philadelphia in February.
August 18, 2004 |
The banner hanging over a National Guard aid station in this hurricane-blasted city yesterday said "Something Can Be Done About It," but the general feeling among residents was not nearly so upbeat. Four days after Hurricane Charley ripped across southwest Florida and destroyed nearly everything in Punta Gorda, a sleepy harbor town of 14,000 residents 100 miles south of Tampa, hundreds of thousands in the region are still without power, running water, or even homes. For many, the initial shock over Charley's devastation has given way to frustration and despair at living conditions that are not unlike those in the Third World.