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IRS refunds will start in May for $10,200 unemployment tax break

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Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe IRS will start issuing tax refunds in May to Americans who filed their returns without claiming a new break on unemployment benefits, the federal agency said Wednesday.The American Rescue Plan waived federal tax on up to $ 10,200 of unemployment benefits, per person, received in 2020. Households with $ 150,000 or more in income are not eligible for the tax cut.President Joe Biden signed the $ 1.9 trillion relief law during tax season, on March 11.More from Personal Finance:A third of people don't know if they'll get a tax refund or owe moneyTax-refund phishing scam targets college students and staffSenate Dems propose capital gains tax at deathTaxpayers eligible for the tax break were left wondering if they should file amended tax returns to cl...

Covid masks and hand sanitizer can get you a tax break, IRS says

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In this articleIRSA3-ARLuis Alvarez | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesAmericans can get a tax break this filing season for masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and other personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the IRS announced Friday.The tax code lets taxpayers deduct medical costs that exceed 7.5% of their adjusted gross income each year. The IRS is counting costs incurred for PPE as a medical expense that qualifies for the tax break.More from Personal Finance:Filing separately may help get unemployment tax breakStudent loan borrowers could face a higher tax bill this yearIt's harder to avoid reporting income from online salesFor example, individuals with $ 100,000 of income in 2020 can deduct medical costs of more than $ 7,500 from their tax bill. You need to i...
Piers Morgan’s Meghan comments break Ofcom complaints record

Piers Morgan’s Meghan comments break Ofcom complaints record

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Getty ImagesPiers Morgan's comments about the Duchess of Sussex on Good Morning Britain have attracted a record number of complaints to TV regulator Ofcom.Some 57,000 complaints have been made about the show's coverage of the Oprah Winfrey interview on 8 and 9 March.On 9 March, Morgan said he "didn't believe" a word Meghan had said. He left the ITV programme later that day.The total of 57,121 complaints is 12,600 more than those made over a race row on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.The duchess herself is among those who have complained to the watchdog.Morgan responded on Twitter: "Only 57,000? I've had more people than that come up & congratulate me in the street for what I said. The vast majority of Britons are right behind me."Ofcom, which has regulated British TV since 2003, has alr...
Rangers probe follows break up of Glasgow house party by police

Rangers probe follows break up of Glasgow house party by police

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Rangers have launched an internal investigation after police broke up a party in Glasgow in the early hours of Sunday morning.Covid-19 lockdown restrictions mean no indoor mixing of households is allowed in Scotland under normal circumstances.The Scottish Premiership club issued a short statement on Twitter."Rangers are aware of an alleged incident which is subject to an internal investigation," the Scottish Premiership leaders said. "We will make no further comment."A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We received a report of a gathering at a property in Hayburn Lane, Glasgow, around 1.10am on Sunday, 14 February."Officers attended and those in attendance left. Ten people were issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching coronavirus regulations."It is not clear if any Rangers players wer...
Amanda Holden ‘devastated’ at lockdown rule break

Amanda Holden ‘devastated’ at lockdown rule break

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Getty ImagesBritain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has said she is "devastated" at breaking lockdown rules by travelling to see her parents in Cornwall.She made the trip of more than 200 miles after receiving a "distressing" phone call from her father, her agent said in a statement.Travel is banned except for essential journeys under coronavirus regulations.The Sun, which first reported the story, said neighbours in Cornwall complained to police.Holden's agent said "on balance" the TV star and radio host felt the round-trip from London to Cornwall was necessary to deal with an issue at her parents' home."Amanda is aware that all families are going through difficulty during these turbulent times but received a distressing telephone call from her elderly father on Friday afternoon," the st...