April 17, 2012 |
It hurts paying taxes no matter how much you make. But what if you are out of work and don't have the money to pay by today's April 17 deadline? Herewith we offer some tips for taxpayers who are unemployed and can't pay their taxes on time. The Internal Revenue Service has a new form for you! The IRS is trying to provide what's called "penalty relief" to unemployed taxpayers. Some who have been out of work for 30 days or longer will be able to avoid failure-to-pay penalties, according to Isdaner & Co., certified public accountants based in Bala Cynwyd.
June 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Welcome to the U.S. Senate, Jeff Chiesa. Now get ready to vote on one of the country's most divisive debates: immigration reform. Chiesa, a New Jersey Republican sworn in June 10 to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, is working out of a trailer where most of the walls are still bare, and he's still learning his way around the Capitol. He asked an aide to point to the nearest restroom after a vote Tuesday. So his views on complex legislation are still developing.
April 22, 2013
By Scott S. Powell U.S. stock prices have just reached record highs, erasing the losses since the previous 2007 peak. But the U.S. economy as measured by the labor-force participation rate, which captures the percentage of working-age people in the labor force, has just dropped to a new 34-year low of 63.3 percent. Since the Great Depression, recessions have always been followed by strong recoveries within two years of market bottoms. Not this time. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth from the market bottom in March 2009 has averaged 1.94 percent annually, the worst post-recession rebound in the last 70 years.
December 27, 2015
Interest rates are on the rise. It has been nearly a decade since the Federal Reserve last hiked rates. Now, according to the Fed's forecast, rates will increase slowly, but steadily, over the next three years. Is this good news, or bad? Mostly good. Rates are rising because the economy is improving. For the past seven years since the Great Recession, short-term rates - those the Fed controls - have been effectively zero. Zero interest rates are not consistent with a healthy economy.
April 29, 2012 |
Is compromise a dirty word? House Speaker John A. Boehner spoke for many politicians running for office when he declared, "I reject the word. " In the past, political leaders in the midst of election campaigns could declare their intent never to back down — and then once in office turn their attention to the give-and-take that is a necessary part of effective governance. But something has changed over the last several decades. We've entered a new era of the permanent campaign, where every day is effectively election day. Classic compromise — where all sides sacrifice something in order to improve on the status quo from their perspective — has become harder to conceive, let alone to achieve.
October 17, 2013 |
If the U.S. government defaults on its debt, what will be the impact in the financial world, and what does it mean for the average citizen? The answer: There would be a lot of pain to go around. Perhaps most disturbing would be universal doubt about the creditworthiness of the United States. It would be an unprecedented shattering of the international image of the nation. Right behind that comes wave after wave of fiscal uncertainty. That doubt will roil the markets, but it goes beyond just bad times for investors.
September 17, 2012 |
The Federal Reserve has two goals set by Congress: "Maximum employment, and price stability," as Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday. Until now, the Fed, under Bernanke and predecessor Alan Greenspan has mostly focused on keeping prices flat, setting interest rates and inflation targets to please investors so they will pump more money into the economy. But less than two months before national elections that could speed the end of his career, Bernanke announced a change: He promised to pay additional attention to "the employment situation" by spending an extra $40 billion a month to buy government-backed mortgage securities from investors and banks, pushing interest rates still lower - for as long as it takes to finally boost hiring.
January 2, 2015
ISSUE | CONGRESS To-do list doesn't match endorsements The Editorial Board decries gutting Dodd-Frank provisions that would otherwise limit speculation, having earlier suggested that Congress pass minimum-wage increases, and then suggests Congress do something about the wealth gap ("The other class war," Dec. 26). Good luck with that given a Congress that is increasingly right of right. And yet the board supported six Republicans out of eight running for Congress in November - three of whom are incumbents who slavishly follow a party line that will make the rich richer and the middle class poorer.
July 19, 2013
In the Region N.J., Pa. added jobs in June New Jersey and Pennsylvania saw increased hiring in June as employers added 4,600 positions in New Jersey and 19,100 in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Labor Department reported. Since June 2012, New Jersey payrolls have expanded by 74,800 jobs and Pennsylvania's by 32,800. Delaware's employment declined by 1,800 jobs from May to June, but expanded by 5,300 over the year. New Jersey's unemployment rate in June was 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent in May but down from 9.6 percent in June 2012.
August 8, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Fear has taken over on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrials fell 634.76 points, the first trading day since Standard & Poor's downgraded American debt. It was the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. Every stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index declined Monday. But the S&P downgrade wasn't the only catalyst Monday. Investors worried about the slowing U.S. economy, escalating debt problems threatening Europe and the prospect that fear in the markets would reinforce itself, as it did during the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.