Business & Finance

Top Stories


NJ's Unemployment Rate Soars to Record-Breaking High of 15.3%

May 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The head of the state's Department of Labor said that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus have caused unemployment numbers to soar to record-breaking levels.

Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said on May 21 that the New Jersey's unemployment rate has hit 15.3 percent — the highest level since the state first ...

Unemployment Benefits for NJ Workers Extended for 13 Weeks

TRENTON, NJ — Workers who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits may now be eligible for an extension. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said on May 19 that it has begun notifying some workers already receiving benefits that they may be eligible for a 13-week extension under the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment ...

Millions of Economic Impact Payments by Prepaid Debit Card to be Mailed This Week

WASHINGTON, DC —  U.S. Treasury and IRS will begin sending nearly 4 million economic impact payments by prepaid debit card, instead of by paper check.

Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees. They can also check their card balance online, by mobile app or by phone without ...

‘NJ Is Performing Better Than Most States’ in Processing Unemployment Claims, Labor Commissioner Reports

TRENTON, NJ — The N.J. Labor Department reports that 800,000 unemployed and underemployed workers are now receiving state and federal benefits. "That’s more people than the number of people who live in five states," it boasted on its Twitter page. 

Recognizing that many people have been unable to claim their benefits, the agency also ...

From the IRS: Three New Credits for Businesses Hit by COVID-19

Employers affected by COVID-19 have three important new credits available to them, according to the IRS. Here a rundown: 

Employee Retention Credit:

The employee retention credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially ...

Economic Impact Payments Continue to be Sent, Check for Answers to Common Questions

As economic impact payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that includes answers to many common questions, including help to use two recently launched Economic Impact Payment tools.

The IRS is regularly updating the economic impact payment and the Get My Payment tool frequently asked questions pages on as more ...

Enhanced Tools to Help Get an Economic Impact Payment

The IRS has two tools to help millions of taxpayers with their economic impact payment. The payments are $1,200 per eligible person and up to $500 for each qualifying child.

The first tool, Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here is available — in English and Spanish — for certain taxpayers who don’t normally need to file a return. This free tool allows them to enter basic ...

IRS Enhances 'Get My Payment' Online Application to Help Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, DC — The Internal Revenue Service has made significant enhancements to the “Get My Payment” tool to deliver an improved and smoother experience for Americans eligible to receive economic impact payments.

As of April 17, the IRS issued 88.1 million payments to taxpayers across the nation, worth nearly $158 billion. In New Jersey, more than 2.2 million ...

From the IRS: New Tool Helps Non-Filers Register for Economic Impact Payments

To help millions of people, a new web tool allows quick registration for economic impact payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return.

The non-filer tool, developed in partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file.

IRS Extends More Tax Deadlines to Cover Individuals, Trusts, Estates, Corporations and More

WASHINGTON, DC — To help taxpayers, the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service has extended additional key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses.

Last month, the IRS announced that taxpayers generally have until July 15 to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15. No late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be ...


Power Up Your Content Marketing on TAPinto

May 20, 2020

TAPinto is rolling out a new content marketing feature as a part of its participation in The Branded Content Project — a partnership between the Facebook Journalism Project, the Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium.

The new feature will enable businesses, nonprofits and others that purchase guaranteed publication of a press release, real estate listing, event listing, ...


TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 27, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors. TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate. 

You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos. Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 27, 2020

STATEWIDE – The time-honored graduation ceremony – a time to sit in uncomfortable gowns in the summer heat, listen to an unmemorable speech by some unknown guy and wait endlessly for all names to be called – has somehow been elevated to the panacea of the high school experience. And, so, following all the petition drives, social media campaigns and news articles, Gov. Phil ...