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Tired of tweeting?; Pace of tuition increases slows; Halloween facts and figures; IRS changes tax return date; What happened to retirement?
Tired of tweeting?
Forty-three percent of people who have signed up for Twitter either never use the service or have deactivated their accounts.
Pace of tuition increases slows
Tuition at public colleges is still on the rise, but at a rate of 2.9 percent, the pace has slowed to its lowest in three decades. This year, the average annual sticker price for state colleges hit $8,893. Private colleges’ tuition costs rose by 3.8 percent, reaching an average of $30,094 for the 2013–14 academic year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Halloween facts and figures
Americans will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes this year. The most popular outfits evoke Miley Cyrus during her notorious VMA performance, the characters of reality show hit Duck Dynasty, and Breaking Bad’s Walter White.
The Wall Street Journal
IRS changes tax return date
The Internal Revenue Service said it won’t start accepting and processing tax returns until one or two weeks after its previously scheduled date of Jan. 21. The IRS blamed the delay on last month’s government shutdown and said it will announce the tax season’s precise starting date in December. While taxpayers will be able to send in paper returns at any time, e-filing won’t be possible until the official start date.
What happened to retirement?
Thirty-seven percent of middle-income Americans earning between $25,000 and $100,000 said they expect to stay on the job until they die, according to a study by Wells Fargo. Thirty-four percent said they expect to work until they are at least 80, up from 25 percent two years ago.