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  • iStock/ThinkstockThe individual mandate part of the Affordable Care Act means you have to have health insurance. If you get it through work, that basically means checking a box on your tax form. But if that's not the case, preparing your taxes will be slightly different."If you went to the marketplace directly, you'll be receiving a form 1095-A," explains tax attorney Janice Hayman. "And you must have this form when you do your taxes -- especially if you receive a subsidy." The penalty for not having health coverage is $695 per adult, or 2.5 percent of your household income, whichever is higher. Generally speaking, Hayman says, a two-month gap is okay. "In these cases there should be some documentation showing when their coverage started, when their coverage ended. And as long as it's not more than two months, then they will not be penalized," she explains. If you need more information about whether you have to pay a fee and how much it might cost, there's a calculator on the IRS taxpayer advocate website.
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  • DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Good news for kids: the tooth fairy is paying more money than ever before.According to Delta Dental’s 13th annual Tooth Fairy survey, the average gift from the tooth fairy reached a new high of $4.36 last year, up 86 cents from $3.50 in 2013. In 2014, the Tooth Fairy left a whopping $255 million for lost teeth.USA Today reports that the Tooth Fairy’s generosity has also been a strong indicator of the economy. The poll shows that the cash payout for teeth is within a percentage point of the S&P 500’s, continuing the pattern of following the index’s direction for 12 of the past 13 years.In 2016, the Tooth Fairy paid about $290.6 million in the U.S., up 13.5 percent from 2015. Cash for a first lost tooth is up roughly 10 percent to $5.72. First-tooth payouts are usually higher than average.Across the country, Tooth Fairy payouts are highest in the West: $5.96 ($6.89 for the first tooth); followed by the Northeast at $5.08 ($6.31); the South at $4.57 ($4.88); and the Midwest at $4.04 ($5.70).According to the survey, 48 percent of children put the money aside for a rainy day. The spenders also check in at about 48 percent, 3% donate the cash and 1 percent loan out their money.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Travel can be costly and stressful, but Farecompare CEO Rick Seaney sat down with ABC News to share 5 unusual airline perks that can make the experience more pleasant.Here's what he had to say:Sometimes things happen on planes that catch you by surprise. I’m thinking about those poor passengers boarding a United flight a couple of weeks back only to be greeted by an out-of-uniform pilot ranting away about everything from politics to divorce (before finally being ushered off the plane).But let’s talk about happier surprises. Here are five perks offered by airlines that can be a truly pleasant surprise and may even save you a little money.Too bad the airlines couldn’t get together and provide all these things to all passengers, but at least some are offering us something.1. A free meal in economyThank you, Delta, for the return of free meals for passengers in the cheap seats. Starting March 1, economy flyers on several long-haul domestic routes will be able to enjoy such things as honey maple breakfast sandwiches, mesquite-smoked turkey combos, Mediterranean whole-grain veggie wraps or fruit-and-cheese plate. It certainly sounds tasty, but what I like most about food on long flights is that the meal helps kill the time.The One Airline Freebie You Should Never Turn Down: Weather WaiverHow to Travel Even if You’re Broke2. Bidding for first classHawaiian Airlines has started a new program in which ticketholders can bid online to try to win a first-class seat for at a discount price. At the moment the program, called Bid Up, is only available on flights between continental North America and Hawaii, but imagine traveling first class instead of in a middle seat in coach on a long flight to Honolulu. Tip: Check out prices for first-class seats before you bid so at least you know the ballpark for prices. Maybe you’ll get lucky.3. Free wi-fiJetBlue brags it is the only airline with free high-speed wi-fi at every seat. The discount carrier further proclaims it offers a “robust online experience much like you would expect at home or work.” I can tell you "robust" is not how I'd describe the wi-fi offered at a cost which I have used with some other airlines. (I’ve not yet tried the JetBlue service).This does not mean other airlines leave you hanging, entertainment-wise. Delta, for example, offers free access to a library of entertainment via its Delta Studio service which the airline says includes “300 movies, 750 TV shows, 100 foreign film titles, 2,400 songs, 18 channels of live satellite TV” and more. The service is available on almost all of Delta's flights. This service, too, may leave you wondering how that slog of a long flight just zipped along.4. Free wine transportSure, you could pack a bottle of that Napa Valley sauvignon blanc in your big suitcase and hope it doesn’t break/spill/leak but there’s got to be a better way and there is. if you’re flying certain routes with Alaska Airlines, they’ll transport a whole darn case of wine for you. For free.This could be another good reason to visit a vineyard in California, Oregon or Washington and you can learn more about this on the Alaska’s website.5. Best freebie for uncertain travelersSouthwest continues to do the unthinkable (at least it’s unthinkable in the eyes of its competition). I’m talking about it’s no change-fee policy. Quick background: All airlines have to allow ticketbuyers 24 hours to change their ticket with no penalty, as mandated by the federal Department of Transportation. After the 24-hour grace period, making a change to a ticket can cost up to $200. But Southwest charges nothing for changes at any time, although if the price of the ticket has increased prior to your making a change, you'll have to pay the fare difference.Rick Seaney is the CEO of FareCompare, a website that curates the best deals on flights from around the world
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Invites to the Dolby Theatre may be exclusive, but you can still take part in Oscars festivities from the comfort of your own home. Print your ballots, prepare some signature drinks and snacks, and gather your friends to witness a star-studded evening.Stock a champagne barWhat’s a true celebration without popping champagne? Have guests bring a bottle from home to chip in and add some fun garnishes.“Set out some fresh strawberries or raspberries, that makes a beautiful presentation,” Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert for Etsy, told ABC News.Dress up the photo boothWhile the stars are getting their photos snapped on the red carpet in Los Angeles, you can do the same back at home.“Why shouldn’t your guests walk on a little mini red carpet as well, and have a moment for themselves?” Johnson said.Tinsel and festive-themed wall hangings can make all your Oscars-night photos Instagram-worthy, and you can use printable props to get a little silly.Prepare some festive foodWhile Johnson suggested clever takes like “Manchester by the Caesar Salad” and “La La Lollipops,” you can get as creative as you please when it comes to your food. Channel the true menu of the Academy Awards parties with statuette-shaped sugar cookies or chocolate-covered tuxedo strawberries.Get your ballots and bingo readyThere are some things we can come to expect from the Oscars, like music cutting a speech short or a star tripping on their way to the stage. Keep track of all these iconic moments on your Oscars bingo sheet.While you're at it, don't forget to fill out your ballot with the night's predictions.Enjoy yourself"Just because you're the host doesn't mean you need to do all the work," Johnson said, adding that guests can help with bringing food and drinks. "Pass out some tasks to your friends."Relax and settle in for a night of celebrating your favorite movies."To me, Oscars Sunday is like Super Bowl Sunday," Johnson said. "Get creative, have a good time with it."
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  • DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Travel website TripAdvisor has released its 2017 Travelers' Choice award for the best beaches in the U.S. and around the world.According to the site's press release, the list is determined based on "the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period."1. Baia do Sancho, Brazil TripAdvisor says that this beach is beautiful to visit year-round, and lists it as the top attraction in the Fernando de Noronha area of Brazil.2. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos From snorkeling to parasailing to private fishing trips, Grace Bay has plenty to do, and is listed as the No. 1 place to visit on the Providenciales island of the Turks and Caicos.3. Eagle Beach, Aruba Beautiful sunsets and white sand are frequently mentioned in the nearly 6,000 TripAdvisor reviews of this beach, located on Aruba's northern coast.4. Playa Paraiso, Cuba One TripAdvisor reviewer described this beach, located on the southern coast of Cayo Largo, as "picture perfect in every way."5. Siesta Beach, Florida Running nearly the length of Florida's Siesta Key, reviewers say this beach is perfect for long walks or bike rides, or simply lounging under an umbrella.6. La Concha Beach, Spain In the busy resort town of San Sebastian, visitors can escape to La Concha Beach and relax by the sea while still remaining close to the hustle and bustle.7. Playa Norte, Mexico Located on Isla Mujeres off the coast of Mexico, one reviewer said this serene beach has "water so blue, it makes the sky look pale."8. Radhanager Beach, India "Mesmerizing," "superb" and "breathtaking" are all words TripAdvisor reviewers used to describe Radhanager Beach. Located on Havelock Island, this beach has waters perfect for swimming.9. Elafonissi Beach A trip to Greece wouldn't be complete without a stroll along the ocean, and Elafonissi Beach is an ideal choice. One reviewer even called it "the best beach in Europe."10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay This Ecuador beach gives visitors a perfect glimpse of the Galapagos Islands with abundant wildlife and untouched nature, along with activities like kayaking and snorkeling.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- ABC’s 20/20 anchors David Muir and Elizabeth Vargas sat down with the all of the Sharks, except for Lori Grenier, to celebrate Shark Tank’s seven-and-a-half-year journey leading up to their $100 million in deals made on the show.THIS is an interactive interview that you get to moderate. Anytime you want to direct the conversation navigate to the menu and select a topic from the list.On the ABC News app? Click HERE to watch this interactive video.
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