The latest on tax reform, winning the lottery, and hidden costs for LGBTQ Americans

The latest on tax reform, winning the lottery, and hidden costs for LGBTQ Americans

Here are some favorite personal finance reads from around the web this week.


Government analysis shows House tax bill would increase the cost of college by $71 billion over a decade

The Washington Post

College will get even more expensive, according to an official analysis by Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation. In the recently passed House tax reform bill, higher education benefits, like the student loan interest deduction, would either be eliminated or revised, costing students and families more than $71 billion over the next decade. Call your representatives to make sure this bill doesn’t get any further.

I won the lottery and I need help. No, really!

The New York Times

It may sound all Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but there is unexpected stress that comes with getting a huge windfall. These “lucky” lottery winners discuss the mental and social impact of their prize money. Whether or not you ever strike it rich, you can learn a lot from their stories.

This is the hidden financial cost of being an LGBTQ American in 2017


While the LGBTQ community has made significant progress in gaining certain legal protections, they still face hidden career costs like wage disparity, workplace discrimination, and higher rates of joblessness. We need to do better in closing these gaps.

The reasons more older Americans are filing for bankruptcy

Next Avenue

Big medical bills, aggressive debt collectors, and a lack of financial literacy are three of the reasons many Americans 65 and older, especially women, are filing for personal bankruptcy. That’s why it’s important to talk to your partner about the family finances and save up for those unexpected costs.

Why are so many more shoppers buying gifts on credit this holiday season?


The holidays are the most wonderful, expensive time of year—and this year is no different. Paying with credit cards is up 8% over last year. My advice to shoppers looking to fulfill their families’ wish lists: Remember that credit cards are loans that still need to be paid back. Or better yet, pay with cash.

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How can I talk to my family about reining in the cost of Thanksgiving?

Avoid financial stress this holiday season by sitting down with your family and discussing how to budget for what could be a very expensive meal. Your wallet—and your sanity—will thank you.

We need to protect Richard Cordray’s legacy at the CFPB

The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is stepping down at the end of November. Let’s remember the amazing work Richard Cordray and his team has done to protect consumers and why it’s important that his successor continues that mission.

Why honesty is the best policy when it comes to salary

You might think that talking about your salary at your workplace is taboo, but millennials apparently don’t. Here’s why that trend can lead to fairer salaries, better job performance, and a happier work environment.

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