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E-payments expand from online shopping to our everyday lives

We all know how useful PayPal and other online payment services can be for buying things online, but more Americans are discovering how handy e-payments can be in other everyday situations.

Payments research firm Mercator Advisory Group recently found that 2 in 3 adults (65 percent) use payment services such as PayPal, Google Checkout and Amazon Payments.

Online shopping was the most common use e-payments across all age groups, with 84 percent reporting doing so in the past year. But online shopping e-payments appears to have plateaued between 84 and 86 percent for the past three years.

Other increasingly common uses for e-payments are for in-store purchases (30 percent and up from 22 percent two years ago), transferring money to family and friends (27 percent and up from 22 percent in 2014).

Mercator's findings are drawn from a June 2016 online survey of over 3,000 U.S. adults. The results were released Jan. 5.

Infographic: The growing ways we e-pay

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CreditCards.com's study
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More than 12M Americans
admit to hiding accounts

While Americans keeping a source of money secret from their romantic partners is surprisingly common, relationship experts warn that is a risky move. Interestingly, older Americans are more likely than younger ones to say they have maintained a secret account, our financial infidelity survey finds.


'Taking Charge' blog

Kelly Dilworth Does financial insecurity lead
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Kelly Dilworth | 2/21/2017

People are more likely to spend impulsively if they don't think they have much control over their financial destiny, new research finds. My own recent experience confirms this. See more


1099-C: 6 exceptions to paying
tax on forgiven debt

 

If you received a 1099-C, you likely have to include that forgiven debt as income when you file your taxes. Before you do, though, check these six exceptions to paying tax on forgiven debt.


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Updated: 02-22-2017