Today’s students face a world full of challenges. And a future full of opportunity.  New industries and emerging technologies are all interconnected globally.  Given these challenges, education and training have never been more important. Together, they represent a dividing line between economic opportunity and economic limitations. As millions of students go back to school this fall,…

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After a multi-year decline in the personal savings rate, economists now say the average American household is on track to set aside more than five percent of their annual income. For many households, an increase in personal savings means a greater ability to pay for college educations, start a small business, cover personal emergencies or…

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As someone who thinks everyday about building and nurturing consumer financial health through my work with Mint, I was thrilled to talk about innovation at scale at The Center for Financial Services Innovation’s (CFSI) Emerge 2016 Forum. Emerge is a leading annual conference for those in the financial services and technology space working to innovate…

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Small businesses drive our economy. And earlier this month, the country celebrated National Small Business Week, recognizing the 28 million small companies that create opportunities for millions of Americans through employment and innovation. Their economic contributions are well known – small businesses create two out of every three new jobs annually and generate income for…

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With the April 18 tax filing deadline just hours away, you might assume that the very wealthy and those with diverse investment portfolios are likely to have the most complicated tax returns. And that those with smaller incomes and a more straightforward financial situation have a pretty simple time of it. But in many cases,…

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For years, pundits, elected officials and the business community have called for corporate tax reform to strengthen our economy. There is a strong consensus that better tax policies are needed to encourage economic growth, create more jobs and make the United States more competitive in the world. We agree, but the discussion shouldn’t stop there….

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Continuing the Fight Against Tax Refund Fraud

Over the next few months, approximately 150 million Americans will complete and file state and federal tax returns. For most families, this is a time to take stock of their finances, pay off some debts or put aside a portion of their refund for savings or future expenses. For others, it’s a chance to travel…

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Within the next five years, as many as four in 10 workers in the United States are expected to be self-employed, due in part to millions of Americans joining the ranks of what is being called the “sharing economy.” That’s the finding of a new labor market study conducted by Emergent Research that predicts that more…

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Starting and sustaining a small business has never been easy. And without access to financing and working capital, it’s all but impossible. Businesses large and small, young and old, need access to cash and credit to fund operations, build inventories and bridge the gaps between billing and payments. Yet for too many entrepreneurs, the ability…

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The Earned Income Tax Credit has provided tax relief and assistance for working families since being signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1975 with bipartisan support in Congress. A decade later, with support from Democrats in Congress, President Ronald Reagan significantly expanded the program, calling it “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the…

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