Latest from Michelle Singletary

Ponzi king’s death is a reminder that his con-artist tricks live on

Bernie Madoff, who died on April 14, conned so many people, even investment professionals. His legacy should be a road map for investors on how to protect themselves.
  • Apr 20, 2021

A new FEMA program offers up to $9,000 to help with covid-19 funerals. Scammers see an opportunity.

Scammers are trying to take advantage of families looking for help from FEMA's new $9,000 covid-19 funeral assistance program.
  • Apr 16, 2021

The IRS is looking to send $1.3 billion in refunds for people who didn’t file a 2017 return

IRS has refunds worth $1.3 billion for people who still haven't filed their 2017 federal tax returns. The agency also suspends the requirement for people to repay excess payments of the 2020 premium tax credit.
  • Apr 13, 2021

Inside the U.S. government’s new $30 million effort to combat pandemic profiteering

Tucked in the third round of stimulus aid was $30.4 million allocated to the Federal Trade Commission to fight coronavirus-related scams. Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, acting FTC chair, discusses the efforts in a Q&A with The Post.
  • Apr 9, 2021

Veterans still waiting for their $1,400 stimulus payments should get direct deposits by April 14

The IRS announced it has distributed another $36 billion in stimulus payments. Veterans still waiting for their $1,400 stimulus payments should get direct deposits by April 14.
  • Apr 7, 2021

The FDIC wants to make it easier for millions of ‘unbanked’ Americans to get their stimulus payments

The FDIC is launching a campaign in Atlanta and Houston to get low-income and minority families to open bank accounts, which will make it easier for the IRS to deliver stimulus payments.
  • Apr 6, 2021

IRS will soon send refunds to millions of Americans who paid taxes on their unemployment benefits

The IRS says it will automatically start sending refunds to people who filed their tax returns reporting unemployment income before getting a $10,200 tax break under the American Rescue Plan.
  • Apr 2, 2021

Social Security recipients and most other federal beneficiaries should see direct deposit stimulus payments by April 7

IRS and Treasury announced a stimulus payment date for millions of Social Security recipients and federal beneficiaries who have been waiting to hear when they will get their relief funds. But stimulus payments for VA recipients won't come until mid-April.
  • Mar 30, 2021

Social Security recipients, veterans and other federal beneficiaries want to know: When’s my stimulus check coming?

Although 127 million stimulus payments worth $325 billion have been disbursed under the American Rescue Plan, many people receiving Social Security, survivor, disability and veterans benefits weren't included in the initial wave of Economic Impact Payments.
  • Mar 26, 2021

Biden’s stimulus relief pays out a total of $325 billion, but some are left out

Nearly 15 million paper checks and 5 million debit card will be distributed this time around. But many Social Security and other federal beneficiaries are not included.
  • Mar 23, 2021