Oct 12, 2017

10/12/2017: Why the U.S. government doesn’t just help you file taxes for free

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(U.S. Edition) President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would make it easier for Americans to buy basic insurance plans, but potentially make things harder for those with pre-existing conditions. On today's show, we'll look at how the insurance market will react to the uncertainty shrouding the future of health care. Afterwards, we'll discuss the International Monetary Fund's projections for global economic growth. It's expected to grow at an overall rate of 3.6 percent this year — but that growth doesn't apply to every country. Plus: We'll look at how companies like H&R Block are trying to prevent the government from providing free tax-filing alternatives. 

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The IMF meets in Washington this week

Oct 12, 2017
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Rising costs from Western wildfires may make policies harder to get in fire-prone areas

Oct 12, 2017
Most homes lost in California wildfires likely covered by insurance.
An aerial view of homes that were destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on Thursday in Santa Rosa, California.
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Many countries help people prepare their taxes for free. Why doesn't the U.S.?

Oct 12, 2017
Two decades ago, Congress voted to have the IRS help Americans file their returns but it never happened.
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The Latest: Trump signs health care order

Oct 12, 2017
The order will aim to make lower-premium plans more widely available.
Jose Ramirez (L) and Mariana Silva speak with Yosmay Valdivia, an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as they discuss plans available from the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of the Americas on December 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida.
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(U.S. Edition) President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would make it easier for Americans to buy basic insurance plans, but potentially make things harder for those with pre-existing conditions. On today’s show, we’ll look at how the insurance market will react to the uncertainty shrouding the future of health care. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the International Monetary Fund’s projections for global economic growth. It’s expected to grow at an overall rate of 3.6 percent this year — but that growth doesn’t apply to every country. Plus: We’ll look at how companies like H&R Block are trying to prevent the government from providing free tax-filing alternatives. 

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