Money
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Premiums rise faster than wages

By the Numbers
by The Editors
Posted 7/16/20, 04:37 pm

$20,576

The average family health insurance premium in the United States in 2019 for employer-sponsored plans, when both the employer and the worker contributions are added together, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). This included an average employer contribution of $14,561 and an average worker contribution of $6,015. For individual coverage in employer-sponsored plans, the average health insurance premium was $7,188, which included an average employer contribution of $5,946 and an average worker contribution of $1,242.

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Tax Day finally arrives

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/14/20, 04:40 pm

The federal income tax deadline arrives on Wednesday with no additional delays in sight. So far, the IRS has received more than 142 million of the expected 150 million filings. The Treasury Department and the IRS granted a three-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic and encouraged everyone to file their paperwork online. Taxpayers who still need an extension must request one by Wednesday.

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The problem with scorpions

International | It wasn’t wise to become so dependent on China
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 5/07/20, 03:04 pm

You have heard the one about the scorpion and frog, in which a wary amphibian is talked into ferrying a venomous arachnid across the pond by the latter’s reasonable explanation that if he were to sting the frog they both would die. Halfway over, the scorpion administers a fatal prick of poison, explaining to the horrified frog, “I am, after all, a scorpion.”

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