Americans can’t file their income taxes fast enough — but they should brace for some unwelcome news in their 2020 returns

It seems like you can’t get people to file their 2020 tax returns fast enough. People are filing their taxes at a blistering pace so far this year, underscoring how serious Americans are about getting any tax refund due or any stimulus-check money they missed last year. The IRS began accepting and processing 2020 tax…

‘Greed is rearing its ugly head and killing brotherly love’: My husband and his brother are at war over an inheritance from a beloved neighbor. What can we do?

Dear Quentin, When my husband and his only (younger) brother were growing up, a childless neighbor was very kind to them and treated them as if they were her “nephews”, they even called her “Aunt Hilda.” They also treated her like family; my husband has visited her regularly over the years. But greed is rearing…

Many Texans face sky-high electricity bills after winter storms and IRS has already received 55 million tax returns ahead of April 15 deadline

Don’t miss these top stories:Personal Finance ‘I was just panicking’: Many Texans face sky-high electricity bills after winter storms — what can they do? Frisco resident Liz Guess’s utility provider, Griddy, charged her credit card 15 times due to an automated debit.IRS has already received 55 million tax returns ahead of April 15 deadline, a…

We started a homeschool pod with another family. After our out-of-state vacation, they isolated from us and refused to split the nanny cost for 2 weeks. Who’s right?

Dear Quentin, I have presented this question to several people among different walks of life and received very different answers, but nothing is ever settling enough for me, so I would like your input. At the beginning of the last school year I created a school/classroom pod with another family, who we did not know…

Billionaire philanthropy is a ‘PR scam’ says CEO who raised workers’ minimum pay to $70,000 and the hidden financial drawback to remote work

Happy Tuesday MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Reassess your life and career every 7 years by asking these 3 questions Here's a response to feeling burned out at work or depleted by relationships.Nearly half the states are taxing companies over PPP loans that have been forgiven How is your state treating COVID loans made to…

We put our extravagant neighbors in touch with our financial adviser. They called her ‘lousy.’ So how come WE are the ones who retired early?

My husband and I retired early. We were very frugal. Friends called us cheap. We prefer thrifty or frugal. We had no children, they had three kids; we rarely took vacations, they vacationed every year. Who deserves an annual vacation? There’s a reason why we retired early. We always paid cash for our modest cars,…

I’m 28, have zero debt, a 401(k), Roth IRA and $45K in the bank. My parents want me to save for a home. I want a Tesla Model 3. Who’s right?

Dear Quentin, I’ve been flip-flopping back and forth between buying a new car or putting a down payment on my first home. With my parents being very money-minded and keeping a careful eye on my finances (still), I’m caught in a predicament. The original plan was to save up 20% to 30% for a down…