Latest from Michelle Singletary

Inflation is up. The stock market is down. Here’s why you shouldn’t panic.

Yes, inflation is up and the stock market is turbulent. Gas prices shot up after a major U.S. pipeline was shut down. Financial experts weigh in on what consumers can do to deal with higher consumer prices and why investors shouldn't panic.
  • May 13, 2021

The IRS is struggling to hire, which means a massive backlog of tax returns and refunds, government watchdog says

Agency staffers have also complained that a lack of functioning printers and copiers has contributed to the backlogs.
  • May 11, 2021

Covid forced more borrowers to be late on their mortgages than at any time since the Great Recession, CFPB reports

Communities of color have been hit hard by the pandemic, and many borrowers are still struggling, a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says.
  • May 7, 2021

Where’s my tax refund? The Post’s personal finance columnist answers your tax deadline questions.

The deadline to file your federal taxes is Monday, May 17. And, your tax return could determine the amount you're owed.
  • May 5, 2021

If you owe the IRS and can’t pay, this is what you should and shouldn’t do

The tax deadline is May 17, and millions may owe and can't pay. A former national taxpayer advocate offers advice on tackling the debt.
  • May 4, 2021

Biden just recited his wish list for struggling American families. Now he has to deliver.

Biden's American Families Act promises low and middle-income households financial breathing room, such as more tax credits, lower healthcare costs, and two free years of community college.
  • Apr 30, 2021
  • Perspective

Apple thinks building credit should be a family affair. No 13-year-old needs credit.

Apple introduces a new feature to its branded credit card, "Apple Card Family," which enables people to share and build credit together. Parents can also track purchases and limit spending for children 13 and older.
  • Apr 27, 2021

If you call the IRS, there’s only a 1-in-50 chance you’ll reach a human being

So far this tax season, only about 2 percent of calls have gotten through to an IRS customer service representative, and the taxpayers who managed to get through have waited on hold an average of 20 minutes, according to national taxpayer advocate Erin M. Collins.
  • Apr 23, 2021

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