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It’s Your Money: NH taxpayers are part of IRS free Direct File pilot program

The IRS on Tuesday launched its new free Direct File tax program in 12 states, including New Hampshire for taxpayers with simple returns who take the standard deduction. The IRS estimates that about one-third of all taxpayers in the pilot states are eligible for the program. The program, which has been up and running in a more limited form for a month, is available in both English and Spanish versions.

Crystal Dionne named President and CEO of Primary Bank

Crystal Dionne brings more than 25 years of financial expertise, including eight years as a member of the management team at Primary Bank, where she has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. 

It’s Your Money: New Hampshire 2024 minimum wage stays at 2009 rate

A bill that would’ve raised the Granite State’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 was killed by the state Senate in February. It was the 10th year in a row legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage has been introduced but hasn’t gone anywhere.

Primary Bank salutes ‘2023 Young Heroes’, announces top award winners

When Primary Bank launched its Young Hero Scholarship Program at the beginning of the year, the goal was to discover service-oriented, community-minded high school students throughout the State. The most pleasant surprise was the volume and limitless generosity of so many high school-aged students in New Hampshire, which made it difficult to select only 12 from the pool of more than 50 applicants.

SBA NH recognizes ‘leading lenders’ at 2023 annual awards ceremony

On December 11th, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) NH district office held its annual lender appreciation ceremony recognizing the top SBA lenders at the Manchester Historic Association’s Millyard Museum. The award program included welcoming remarks from Amy Bassett, SBA NH District Director, congratulatory remarks by Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH-01), New Hampshire economic and workforce trends updates from Phil Sletten, Research Director at the NH Fiscal Policy Institute, and the presentation of awards by Tuesday Perkins, SBA NH Lender Relation Specialist. The room was at capacity with over 80 lenders participating.

It’s Your Money: Give yourself the gift of financial literacy – some FAQs to help

You may have heard the term “financial literacy” and have a vague idea about what it means, but probably haven’t looked much deeper than that. Or maybe you have. New Hampshire, we can be proud to say, is one of nine states that gets a Grade B for its high school financial literacy education effort in the latest Center for Financial Literacy Report Card.

Budgeting: 5 tips to make it work

Credit card debt in the U.S. has risen to an all-time high of $1.08 trillion. Meanwhile, many consumers started their holiday shopping earlier than usual this year to make it more manageable.

NH’s billionaire moves up on Forbes list

New Hampshire Forbes 400 billionaire Rick Cohen moved up 58 spots to the 41st richest person in the U.S., and 110th in the world, with the release of the Forbes 400 U.S list this week.