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I told my family I boycott Chick-fil-A over its support of anti-LGBTQ causes — now they ‘like’ it on Facebook and go there for lunch

‘At best, the company’s stance is irrelevant to these particular siblings. At worst, these positions are a key reason for their support.’

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I hate that my friends still get help from their parents and were born into money. I want to stop comparing. How can I do this?

‘It’s just hard seeing them get ahead while we feel like we’re stagnant.’

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Should I tell my sister that her husband, a notorious spender, has a secret credit card?

‘My niece told me that her dad, my brother-in-law, has a secret credit card that my sister doesn’t know about.’

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My friends shame me for being 26 and making $105,000 — far more than they earn. ‘I secretly feel like I’m paid too much’

‘When I get a raise or a promotion at work I want to be able to celebrate with my friends, and not feel like they’ll judge me or make snide remarks about my salary.’

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My father, 93, married 4 years ago. He has dementia — my stepmother says she owns everything

‘She has included her friends, not us, in helping her with decisions made about Dad. I’m lost and don’t know what to do.’

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This man’s estranged wife received his stimulus check — and spent it. She won’t pay it back. What can he do?

‘The COVID-19 stimulus payment was deposited into their joint account, one that neither of them use anymore.’

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‘My daughter accidentally threw away our paper stimulus check. Can you help?’

I’ve tried to call the phone number for the Internal Revenue Service’s stimulus help line, but no one answers.

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Father’s Day Moneyist: My father left everything to my son. I now need financial help. Should I ask him for money?

‘Five years later, I finally got the chance to see my grandson, but I must carefully watch what I say and do.’

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Father’s Day Moneyist: ‘My father has lived a life of crime and drugs.’ Doesn’t he now owe his kids something?

‘My siblings and I got him a used car. He drove it off the lot, went for a joyride, and wasn’t heard from for three days.’

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Father’s Day Moneyist: My son said I’ve amounted to nothing and wants nothing to do with me. Should I cut him out of my will?

‘He has nothing to do with me or my side of the family.’

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My estranged husband filed a joint tax return without my knowledge. He got my family’s stimulus payment — what can I do?

‘He has used the pandemic to commit emotional and economic abuse.’

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My husband died from COVID-19. Will the IRS allow me to use his $1,200 stimulus check for funeral and medical expenses?

‘I am sure there are other senior citizens who have the same issues as me.’

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‘My mother claimed me as a dependent in 2019, but I was not aware of this.’ What can I do to claim my $1,200 stimulus check?

‘I have a 2018 and 2019 annual gross income of zero.’

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My children, aged 10 and 15, each received $1,200 stimulus checks — will the IRS penalize us if we keep them?

‘My wife is on permanent disability and she receives a Social Security payment monthly for them. Were we supposed to get this money?’

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My son is the only one wearing a mask at his job, while all the executives are working from 澳门拉斯维加斯app下载home — what can he do?

‘Not one person, except him, is wearing a mask.’

by Quentin Fottrell
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‘My daughter’s bank said she received three additional $1,200 stimulus payments.’ How does she return them?

‘I thought I’d heard all of the bizarre stories about stimulus checks, but your letter proved me wrong.’

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‘I’ll never give my wife $1,200 to blow her stimulus check. She’ll get a couple of hundred bucks to go shopping.’ What’s wrong with that?

‘I can’t believe the sick selfishness of you people where men are concerned.’

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My husband refuses to give me my stimulus check. He says that I don’t deserve it because I didn’t earn it. What can I do?

‘It is outrageous that a spouse would share liability for tax debt, but not share in the stimulus payment.’ What legal recourse does this woman have?

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‘I owe child support from my first marriage and did not receive a stimulus check. Does Trump not realize I have another family to take care of?’

‘Withholding checks now does not take into account the unprecedented circumstances in which we’re living.’

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Where’s my $1,200 stimulus check? My 2018 taxes ruled me out, but my 2019 return qualifies me — when will it arrive?

‘If there is a second round of stimulus checks, will the IRS give me a check based on my 2019 return?’

by Quentin Fottrell