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IRS continues Unemployment Compensation Adjustments, Prepares Another 1.5 million Refunds

July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service reported today that another 1.5 million taxpayers will receive refunds averaging more than $1,600 as it continues to adjust unemployment compensation from previously filed income tax returns.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which became law in March, excluded up to $10,200 in 2020 unemployment compensation from taxable income calculations.

New Jersey Is 2021's Worst State to Start a Business: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the worst state to start a business, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list of the Best and Worst States to Start a Business. Nearby Connecticut (No. 49) and Pennsylvania (No. 43) also ranked in the bottom ten, while neighboring New York came in at No. 22. Texas placed as the best state to start a ...

$135 Million in Relief Funds Coming to NJ Small Businesses

TENAFLY, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed legislation (S-3982) providing additional aid to small businesses as they recover from the pandemic. The bill provides $135 million to small businesses throughout the state and will be administered by the Economic Development Authority as part of its Phase IV Emergency Grant Program and NJ Community Stage Relief Grant ...

Here’s What Taxpayers Need to Know About Higher Education Tax Credits

As a new school year approaches, students are considering what classes they need to take and how much the classes will cost. Whether it’s community college, a trade school, a four-year university or an advanced degree, higher education is expensive. The good news is tax credits can help offset these costs.

These credits reduce the amount of tax someone owes. If the credit reduces tax to ...

A Tip for Teachers: Some Educator Expenses May be Tax Deductible

The educator expense deduction allows eligible teachers and administrators to deduct part of the cost of technology, supplies and training from their taxes. They can only claim this deduction for expenses that were not reimbursed by their employer, a grant or other source.

Who is an eligible educator:

The taxpayer must be a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, ...

IRS: Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments Begin

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families have started receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes.

This first batch of advance monthly payments worth roughly $15 billion reached about 35 million families today across the ...

Things People do During the Summer That Might Affect Their Tax Return Next Year

It's summertime and for many people, summertime means change. Whether it’s a life change or a typical summer event, it could affect incomes taxes. Here are a few summertime activities and tips on how taxpayers should consider them during filing season.

Getting married

Newlyweds should report any name change to the Social Security Administration. They should also report an address ...

IRS Online Tool Helps Families Determine if They Qualify for the Child Tax Credit

The IRS urges families to use a special online tool, available only on, to help them determine whether they qualify for the child tax credit and the special monthly advance payments beginning July 15.

The Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant is interactive and easy to use. By answering a series of questions about themselves and their family members, a parent or other family member ...

IRS Announces ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams for 2021

Americans urged to watch out for tax scams during the pandemic

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service began its “Dirty Dozen” list for 2021 with a warning for taxpayers, tax professionals and financial institutions to be on the lookout for these 12 nefarious schemes and scams.

This year’s “Dirty Dozen” will be separated into four separate categories: ...

People Who Don’t Have to File Taxes May Need to Register for Monthly Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

The IRS Non-filer Sign-up Tool offers a free and easy way for eligible people who don't normally have to file taxes to provide the IRS the basic information needed - name, address, and Social Security numbers – to figure and issue advance child tax credit payments. Often, these are individuals and families who receive little or no income, including those experiencing ...


TAPinto is Hiring!

July 14, 2021

TAPinto is currently hiring to support its growing network of more than 90 franchised online local news sites in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. 

Positions available include:  

Customer service specialists.  Click here for more information and to apply.

Director of Content.  Click here for more information and to apply.

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Kenilworth Recap: Pinkie's Cafe Reopens, Mayors Message, KPD Party & More

July 25, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - Did you miss this past week's top stories? Catch up on what you missed in the links below.

Pinkie's Cupcake Cafe in Kenilworth to Reopen this Weekend

Kenilworth’s Last Iwo Jima Veteran Passes Away

New Message from the Mayor of Kenilworth

Kenilworth Little League Wins District Championship

Kenilworth Police Department to Host National Night ...

Updated: David Brearley Middle/High School Announces 4th Marking Period Honor Roll

July 27, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - David Brearley Middle School and High School announced the students who have qualified for Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the fourth marking period of the 2020-21 academic year.

DBMHS recognizes student achievement every marking period at the two levels.

To be named to the honor roll, the minimum requirements are two course grades of (80-84) if all other ...

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2)  ranked higher New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ranking ...

Kenilworth Students get ‘Back 2 Basics’ During Summer Enrichment Program

KENILWORTH, NJ – Brearley Middle School’s “Back 2 Basics” summer enrichment program can best be described as a scenario where summer camp meets school.

But the free program offered through Kenilworth Public Schools is much more than that: The fun educational activities are designed to address learning loss as well as students’ social and emotional needs. Back 2 ...

Kenilworth Fire Department & Rescue Squad Host First Teddy Bear Clinic

July 28, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - Get excited for a teddy picnic! Organized by EMT Dani Mauro organizer and Lieutenant Lizz Toro. 

"We know that when we enter someone’s home for a medical emergency, it can be very scary for the family, but especially the children in the home. We come clomping in with boots and uniforms and tote around unfamiliar, loud, and strange-looking equipment into ...

Kenilworth Police Department to Host National Night Out

KENILWORTH, NJ – The Kenilworth Police Department would like to invite the community to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3. 

National Night Out is a nationwide event intended to bring together members of the community and law enforcement to build upon their current relationships and also foster new ones.  The KPD will be blocking off South 23rd St and ...

Kenilworth Little League Wins District Championship

July 21, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ – Hard work paid off for the Kenilworth Little League team for eight and ten-year-olds as they celebrated a huge accomplishment winning the District 10 Championship.

The team went 5 and 1 in pool play and earned the number one seed. They beat Clark in the championship game 8-2 behind “solid pitching by Liam Maytidu and Matteo Raimondi” Coach Dan Orlando said.

NJ Gives Cheesequake Rest Area a Good Name- 'Jon Bon Jovi Rest Area'

July 29, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ —Jon Bon Jovi gives a rest area a good name.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is renaming the Cheesequake service area, at Exit 124, after the famous Sayreville rocker, as part of a statewide effort to name service areas on the Garden State Parkway after iconic New Jersey Hall of ...

Rutgers Alum Who Co-Starred With Orson Welles, Flew Missions Over Occupied Europe, Turns 100

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - He was on his way to England via Africa, a young man born in 1920 to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York City. As a newly minted Air Force navigator, his mission was to deliver a B-24 bomber and its 10-man crew to an airbase in Britain. It was nighttime in the Sahara. As he looked at the moon, he remembered how “terribly romantic and freezing cold” the night ...

New Jersey Woman Among Six Charged in Connection with Bergen County Kidnapping

HACKENSACK, NJ - A 21-year-old Paterson woman faces a number of serious charges including conspiracy to commit kidnapping, witness tampering, and bribery following an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

According to a statement by Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella, Joumana M. Danoun was arrested on July 14 with additional charges being leveled on July ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Ruger

July 27, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ – Meet Ruger Kenilworth's TAPinto Pet of the Week!

Ruger, the newest addition to our family is a 12-week-old Golden Retriever. He likes all different types of food, playing with his older brother and sister, and listening to KISS while riding in the car. Dislikes …. Nothing! Always has a smile on his face. What does he want to be when he is ...

Owner Seeks Help for Lost Cat in Kenilworth

KENILWORTH, NJ - Kenilworth residents are being asked to be on the lookout for a medium-hair black and white domestic cat named Thomas that has gone missing.

"He is a big cat with a big personality" his owner John Straub said. "Thomas loves people, however he does not like to be handled and is timid around dogs. Neighbors on North 20th, and the surrounding blocks, ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Murray

KENILWORTH, NJ – Meet Murray Kenilworth's TAPinto Pet of the Week!

Murray's start to life was a "ruff" one. Back in June 2020, he was rescued from a high-kill shelter (the day before he was to be put down) by a small dog rescue in Georgia and was placed in foster care. As luck would have it, he was placed with the same rescue / foster mom I got ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Summer Ad Trends That Help Your Business Beat The Heat And The Competition

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summer is back and so are customers! With the worst of COVID-19 hopefully behind us, people are more excited than ever to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. For your business, this could be a huge opportunity to draw in new customers and gain additional revenue you may have lost during last year’s lockdown. 

With consumers looking to shop locally now more ...

Shapiro: The Foxes are Winning: Partisan Local News Sites are Getting the Upperhand

Back in October, I wrote about the launch of partisan local news sites and how they were filling the void in local news in towns across the country. Since then, the amount of such sites has grown from a few hundred to more than 1,000. While some high-quality objective local news sites have launched since then, they are being dwarfed in size and scale by the partisan sites.

One ...

Union County Brings Free COVID-19 Vaccines to Home Bound Residents

July 29, 2021

New toll-free number available to make appointments during business hours, and leave callback messages after hours.

Union County residents who are home bound or have difficulty leaving their home can use a new toll-free number to make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at home. The number to call is 1-833-256-2478, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 ...