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FILE - This May 6, 2013 file photo shows Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood speaking in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi has sued credit reporting giant Experian, alleging sweeping errors in the company’s data and routine violations of consumer protection laws. Mississippi’s action _ and a previously unreported multi-state investigation of credit bureaus led by Ohio _ represent a significant new legal challenge to the industry. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Miss. sues credit-reporting firm Experian, alleging errors

Monday, June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Mississippi has sued Experian, the world’s largest firm that collects detailed information about consumers to evaluate their financial trustworthiness. The lawsuit and a separate investigation of the industry by 32 other states led by Ohio represent a significant new legal challenge to the industry over allegations of paperwork errors and violations of consumer protection laws. Errors can jeopardize … 0

Occupy returns to stage for May Day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Glimmers of Occupy Wall Street will surface this week in a smattering of cities as activists join rallies for workers’ rights, as they do every year on May Day. Occupiers probably won’t show up en masse, but they will hold signs and chant, railing against a variety of social and … 0

Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work to earn the same amount as their male counterparts during the previous calendar year. About … 1

Smith program helps kickstart entrepreneurs, aid women’s financial independence

Thursday, January 31, 2013

NORTHAMPTON ­— On a chilly January morning, Smith College students gathered for an interterm course listen to Kate Hammond, associate director of the college’s Center for Women and Financial Independence, recount her days as an intern at General … 0

Paying estimated taxes critical for those who are self-employed

Sunday, February 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — Some people work for themselves because they like the autonomy. Others have been unable to find full-time, regular jobs and have had to settle for contract work for a specific project or period of time. And still others have retired but have been brought back as … 0

Special tax provisions for members of military

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Katie Hanson is a military spouse; her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Marc Hanson, is on active duty in the Navy. He has Florida as his home of record, even though he is based at Naval Air Station North Island, … 0

Same-sex couples can’t file joint fed taxes

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — Even though an increasing number of states are legalizing gay marriage, same-sex married couples still won’t be able to file joint federal tax returns this year. The federal Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as “a … 0

Numbers to know when you file your return

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Key numbers to know when filing your 2012 tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service: • PERSONAL EXEMPTION: —Each personal or dependent exemption is worth $3,800. • STANDARD DEDUCTION: —$11,900 for married couples filing a joint return, and qualifying widows and widowers —$5,950 for singles and married … 0

Changing family dynamic may lead to some tax relief

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — Members of the sandwich generation — caught between supporting elderly parents whose assets are nearly exhausted and adult children without jobs — might find some relief come tax time. The bottom line is, who’s a dependent? … 0

Tax rates, AMT patch already set for tax year

Thursday, January 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — You can expect a lot less end-of-the-year drama on taxes in 2013. But there’s a price tag: The payroll tax holiday has ended for all workers, and higher-income people will bear a heavier tax burden. Many … 0

Why it’s important to put your house in order — before you retire

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My husband and I paid our annual visit to the financial adviser who watches over our undoubtedly inadequate retirement savings, an appointment that is not unlike those with the dentist: necessary but never fun. During our meeting, I proudly listed the home maintenance projects I had undertaken as … 0

Green Communities helps Chesterfield residents save

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CHESTERFIELD — An innovative energy-saving program is making an offer some town residents can’t refuse: potential savings of up to $3,000 on improvements designed to weatherize their homes. For Nicolas Frischer and Erin McEnaney, for instance, who want … 0