Personal finance columnist Education: University of Maryland; Johns Hopkins University Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column The Color of Money, which appears in The Washington Post on Wednesdays and Sundays. Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group and is carried in dozens of newspapers nationwide. She has written three personal finance books, including her latest, “The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom.” Singletary was the financial expert for “The Revolution,” a daytime program on ABC. For two years, she was host of her own national television program, “Singletary Says,” on TV One. She is a frequent contributor to various NPR programs and has appeared on national talk shows and television networks, including “Oprah,” NBC’s “Today,” “The Early Show on CBS” and CNN. In her spare time, Singletary is the director of a ministry she founded at her church, in which women and men volunteer to mentor others who are having financial challenges. As part of this ministry, she and her husband also volunteer to teach financial literacy to prison inmates. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master’s degree in business and management. To stay informed about various money issues subscribe to Michelle’s weekly retirement and personal finance newsletters, which will be delivered to your inbox every Monday and Thursday.
Tax Season 2021 starts Feb. 12. The backlog for paper returns is large and likely to grow, so anyone. The IRS received roughly 16 million paper individual returns last year and as of Dec. 25 had a backlog of 6.9 million unprocessed individual returns.
Many college students have lost jobs because of the pandemic. Disappointment abounded when they realized that, because their parents claimed them as dependents, they couldn't get much-needed stimulus funds. Well, that could change with the new tax season.
A massive relief bill includes a second stimulus payment of up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for couples filing jointly. Payments should be issued soon, but many people may not see any money until the middle of January or after filing their 2020 tax return next year.