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Ford Motor Company(DEARBORN, Mich.) — Ford is bringing more jobs to Michigan. The automaker announced Tuesday that it will invest $1.2 billion to refurbish three manufacturing facilities there.

Auto sales have been flat, but Ford is betting on mid-sized SUVs and pickup trucks. The company says it plans to bring back the Bronco and Ranger models, and it will outfit its Michigan Assembly Plant to build both. Employees will begin building the new Ranger at the close of 2018 and the Bronco in 2020.

“At Ford, we are investing aggressively in building on our strengths today — including trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, performance vehicles and SUVs — while at the same time growing our leadership in electrification, autonomy and mobility services,” Ford president for the Americas Joe Hinrichs said in a company statement. “As America’s top producer of automobiles, we are proud to be going even further in our commitment to invest in manufacturing here at home.”

The engines will be made at a separate Michigan plant, where Ford says 130 jobs will be created or retained.

Ford is also building a $200 million data center to support its goal of making electrified and autonomous vehicles.

Tuesday’s announcement comes in a recent streak of Ford investments. Over the last three months, the auto manufacturer announced $1.9 billion in investments within the state of Michigan alone. The company has invested $12 billion in U.S. plants over the last five years, generating roughly 28,000 jobs.

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iStock/ThinkstockIf you have someone come in to clean your house, babysit your kids on a regular basis or maintain your lawn, you know that you should be including the proper IRS withholding in their pay.

If you don't, consider this a lesson that you need to learn now, and even if you do, there are some changes in the tax laws this year. IRS spokesman Anthony Burke says you may have already missed out on an important deadline.

"If you have people who work in your home, then you have to file a form Schedule H," he says. "Then you would need to get the W-2s and related W-3s to the Social Security Administration by January 31st, which is new for some people this year."

Burke says if you think you've missed the deadline, contact the IRS as soon as possible because they may be able to work out an arrangement with you. If you don't, he says, you're on your own.

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Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- After President Trump's bid to repeal and replace Obamacare -- a hallmark campaign promise -- flopped in the U.S. House last week, Republicans will look to tax reform in an attempt to deliver the first major legislative accomplishment of the GOP government, which controls both houses of Congress and the presidency.

Trump has long promised a simpler tax code with lower tax rates for corporations and tariffs on companies who move outside the United States. “We’ll probably be going right now for tax reform,” Trump said in the Oval Office after Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill from the floor.

Here's what we know and don't know about the potential tax reform efforts:

What Trump has promised on tax reform

Trump's plan, revealed during the campaign, centers around nixing income taxes for individuals making less than $25,000 a year or for couples making less than $50,000 per year. "They get a new one page form to send the IRS saying, 'I win,'" says Trump's tax reform plan from the campaign. "The Trump plan eliminates the income tax for over 73 million households."

"All other Americans will get a simpler tax code with four brackets – 0%, 10%, 20% and 25% – instead of the current seven," the plan states, adding that the higher brackets would have fewer options for deductions. "Simplifying the tax code and cutting every American’s taxes will boost consumer spending, encourage savings and investment, and maximize economic growth."

For single filers under Trump's plan, those earning $150,001 and up would pay the top rate of 25 percent as well as 20 percent on capital gains. Tax brackets for 2016 range from 10 percent for single people making less than $9,275 to 39.6 percent for single filers making $415,050 or more.

The president has also pledged to eliminate the Alternative Minimum tax, which affects high-income Americans who take lots of deductions. Tax returns from 2005 showed Trump paid most of his taxes that year because of the AMT.

Trump's plan also says businesses should expect their taxes to go down. "No business of any size, from a Fortune 500 to a mom and pop shop to a freelancer living job to job, will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes," says Trump's tax reform plan.

The federal corporate tax rate ranges from 15-35 percent, according to the Government Accountability Office.

"These lower rates will provide a tremendous stimulus for the economy – significant GDP growth, a huge number of new jobs and an increase in after-tax wages for workers," the Trump plan states. Trump has routinely said that American corporate tax rates are prompting many businesses to grow overseas and ship their goods into the United States.

Despite the loss of revenue from both of these tenets of the bill, Trump's plan the bill will be "fully paid for" and "fiscally responsible." One of the main drivers would be a border adjustment tax -- a tariff on goods imported into the United States from other countries. "I think another point that's important to the president is a potential border tax -- that we start evening up the playing field between our country, countries around the world," said White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Fox News.

The plan also calls for "a one-time deemed repatriation of corporate cash held overseas at a significantly discounted 10% tax rate" and "reducing or eliminating deductions and loopholes available to the very rich."

What the Freedom Caucus is saying


In order to pass comprehensive tax reform, Trump and Ryan will likely need to win the support of the most conservative wing of the Republican Party, dubbed the "Freedom Caucus." This group of holdout Republicans refused to support the AHCA.

"I think there has been a lot of flexibility in terms of some of my contacts and conservatives in terms of not making it totally offset," said Rep. Mark Meadows, the leader of the Freedom Caucus on ABC News' "This Week." "Tax reform and lowering taxes, you know, will create and generate more income. And so we're looking at those, where the fine balance is. But does it have to be fully offset? My personal response is no."

"We haven't taken any official position on the border adjustment tax. We'll be talking not only to the speaker on that," said Meadows. "But we'll be talking to the administration, as well, on what they want to see. I know they have some specific ideas. And as we look to tax reform, the big debate will be over that border adjustment tax. But we're in the information-gathering mode right now."

Meadows had previously expressed his support for passing a bill without a border adjustment tax. "Let's go ahead and pass one without border adjustment, assuming that we can lower corporate [taxes] to 20 percent, flatten the rate out for individuals," he told Axios. "We're just saying alright, let's go ahead and advance tax reform on its own individual merits without the pay-for with the border adjustment tax. I believe we can pass it in the House, and we might even be able to pass it in the Senate."

What Democrats are saying


Democrats have made it clear that they are not on board with lowering taxes on high-income Americans and big businesses, accusing Trump and the Republicans of being in the pockets of special interests.

"The president campaigned as a populist against the Democratic and Republican establishments. But he's been captured by the hard right wealthy special interests," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" on Sunday. "If they do the same thing on tax reform, and the overwhelming majority of the cuts go to the very wealthy, the special interests, corporate America, and the middle class and poor people are left out, they'll lose again."

"If he aims a proposal aimed at the middle class and the poor people, doesn't give breaks to the rich ... we could work with them. But I don't think they're headed in that direction," Schumer continued. "If they want to actually spend some money, Meadows would be vehemently opposed and he'd have to break with the hard right and his caucus, we'll talk to them for sure."

Still, Priebus said he was optimistic some Democrats would get on board. "I think that, moving forward, the president's vision of lowering taxes for every American is what's going to unite not just the Republican Party, but I think some of those Democrats are going to come on board as well," he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Communications Commission is warning consumers about a new scam that is hooking consumers with just one word: Yes.

According to the FCC, the scam begins as soon as a person answers the phone. A recorded voice or an actual person asks: "Can you hear me?" And the consumer responds, "Yes."

"The caller then records the consumer's 'Yes' response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone," an FCC news release said.

"According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer," the news release said.

Theresa Thomas said Monday that she'd received a similar phone call about a month ago.

"The person on the other line sounded like a young woman. She was giggling and she said: 'Oh, I didn't expect you to pick up! Can you hear me?'" Thomas said. "Which, of course, if someone asks if you can hear them, I said the logical thing and I said 'Yes.' And she proceeded to talk."

Thomas said she soon realized that the caller was a recording, hung up the call and then blocked the phone number. The next day, she learned of the scam on social media.

The FCC advised consumers to immediately hang up if they receive this type of call. It also said that if consumers had responded "Yes" to a similar call in the past, they should keep an eye on all financial statements for any unauthorized charges.

Thomas said that she'd been checking her credit-card and bank accounts and had reported the incident to the Better Business Bureau.

"I have not seen anything negative happen from that but it's just good to be aware," Thomas said.

The FCC also shared the following tips:

  1. Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
  2. If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.
  3. If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.
  4. Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC's website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls. Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed lower Monday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted yet another losing session.

The Dow Jones sunk 45.74 (-0.22 percent) to finish at 20,550.98 for its eighth day of losses.

The Nasdaq gained 11.64 ( 0.20 percent) to close at 5,840.37, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,341.59, down 2.39 (-0.10 percent) from its open.

Crude oil prices were under $48 a barrel; about 0.4 percent lower.

President Trump: Investors are still weighing President Trump's Friday health care defeat after Republicans withdrew the bill due to lack of support from within the party and from Democrats. Now, investors are waiting to learn more about the president's plans for tax reform and regulation cuts.

Winners and Losers: Snapchat parent Snap Inc. soared nearly 5 percent after it was handed several "buy" ratings from analysts.

Shares in Foamix Pharmaceuticals tumbled about 42 percent on news it failed to reach goals in a Phase 3 study for its acne drug.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Real estate that belonged to President Trump before he started putting his name on things has sold at a nifty profit. Long before Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, there was 8515 Wareham Place.

Until he was four years old, President Trump grew up in a five-bedroom Tudor-style home in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens. Isaac Kestenberg lived in that house for eight years.

“Tourists from Europe — from everywhere come to take a picture,” he said.

Kestenberg sold the home in December for $1.4 million and the house just sold again at auction for more than $2.1 million dollars.

The auction house, Paramount Realty USA, said the sale price is more than double the average list price for similar homes in the neigborhood.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- A scientist and inventor affiliated with Brandeis University has solved an age-old problem: wine bottles that drip after you pour them.

Wine, like any liquid, loves the slippery surface of glass, which leads to the inevitable drip down the side after you pour a glass.

Usually a plug-in nozzle or a towel wrapped around a bottle was needed to catch that stray swish -- but thanks to scientist Daniel Perlman, those are no longer needed.

Perlman studied the flow of liquid on bottles for three years, finally realizing that etching a groove right under the wine bottle's lip does the trick.

The tiny notch is just enough to catch the drip, sparing your linens.

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iStock/ThinkstockThere are a lot of financial benefits to being married. But that's not always the case at tax time.

"There's both a marriage penalty, but also because we have something called the Alternative Minimum Tax, which snags a lot of people and you end up owing money when you're not prepared for it," says accounts Janice Hayman.

So, she says, sometimes it's better to go it alone -- at least in the eyes of the IRS.

"The other concern with filling out a W-4 when you have a two-income household and they're both high-income earners, often, the best choice is to select 'married, but withhold at the higher single rate,'" Hayman notes.

The IRS has a withholding calculator on its website, IRS.gov, which can help you determine if you're having enough taken out of your earnings.

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United Airlines(DENVER) — United Airlines responded to criticism it received on Sunday after it barred two teenage girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings.

The incident sent several social media users into an angry uproar, with some calling the policy sexist and discriminatory against women.

The story came to light after Shannon Watts, an activist who witnessed the exchange at an airport in Denver, tweeted about it early Sunday.

"A @united gate agent isn’t letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?" Watts tweeted.

 

1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017

 

"A 10-year-old girl in gray leggings. She looked normal and appropriate. Apparently @united is policing the clothing of women and girls," she added in a later tweet.

 

A 10-year-old girl in gray leggings. She looked normal and appropriate. Apparently @united is policing the clothing of women and girls. https://t.co/RKsIFoE8pq

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017

 

A spokesman for United confirmed that two teenage passengers were told they could not board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because their leggings "were not in compliance with dress code policy for company benefit travel," a program that lets United workers and their families travel for free on a standby basis.

"There are different rules for these privileges because people are flying for free," the spokesperson said in an emailed statement Sunday.

United Airlines also issued a dozen or so tweets in response to users who were upset about the exchange.

In one tweet, the company said it reserves the right to deny service to "passengers who are not properly clothed via our Contract of Carriage."

 

@baddestmamajama United shall have the right to refuse passengers who are not properly clothed via our Contract of Carriage. ^FS

— United (@united) March 26, 2017

United said the teenagers waited for the next flight and eventually got to fly using their benefits.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Now that you have access to on-demand movies and TV, chances are your DVDs sit forgotten next to your CDs — wherever you stowed those after iTunes came out.

We get it: why take the time to walk to your DVD collection, open a case, pop in a disc, etc., when you can fire up Netflix or whatever?

A company called VUDU is now giving users the best of both worlds: for $2, you use your phone to scan a DVD's barcode, and the company will give you streamable access to that very movie that you can watch anywhere — all without a subscription.

You can even choose standard quality or upgrade for an additional fee. Check out Vudu.com for more info — and get a free conversion out of the deal to boot!

"The average movie collector owns nearly 100 DVDs and Blu-rays, said Jeremy Verba, Vudu's general manager.

"We know these customers have invested a lot into building their physical movie collections. As more and more customers create digital libraries, we are constantly looking for ways to help them unlock additional value from the movies they already own."

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Katie Kenworthy/McDonalds Evansville(EVANSVILLE, Ind.) -- One 94-year-old woman is celebrating 44 years behind the counter at McDonald's.

"When I started, I didn't start to stay," Loraine Maurer told ABC News, adding that she started working at McDonald's in 1973 after her husband retired on disability. "I told him we were too young to stay at home and so I went for a job."

Maurer was feted by her co-workers at an Evansville, Indiana, restaurant, including owners Chip and Katie Kenworthy.

"Loraine has quite a following. That's to say the least, really," Katie Kenworthy, who has owned the restaurant for almost two years, told ABC News. "She has lots of very loyal costumers who come especially to our restaurant to see her."

So Kenworthy decided to plan a party to celebrate Maurer, inviting her church -- Good Shepherd Catholic Church Parish -- along with her family and friends.

"It was wonderful," Maurer said of her party. "The only thing is there were so many people there that I couldn't talk to them all."

Maurer, who has four children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, said the relationships she has with her customers are particularly important, since they helped her get through a very tough period in her life -- the loss of her husband, Kenneth, in 1980.

"They were my live savers when I lost my husband," she recalled. "The customers helped."

Every winter, Maurer contemplates retiring, but she says she just can't give up her shift, which now consists of two days per week.

"I would miss it too much," she said. "I don't want to get depressed and it's not that I don't look forward to going to work. ... It's not a job.

"I really and truly enjoy it," Maurer added. "Life is what you make it. And so I'm trying."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The popular ride-sharing app Lyft will soon install a new feature that will allow users to donate extra change to charity.

The company announed in a blog post that it will allow users to opt into the "Round Up & Donate" selection, which will be located on the app's Settings page. When users choose to opt in, their ride will be rounded up to the nearest whole dollar, and that extra change will be distributed across causes that include environmental and veteran care and LGBTQ equality.

Users will not be able to choose to donate on a ride-by-ride basis, but they could opt out entirely at any time if they want.

Lyft Vice President of Marketing Melissa Waters talked about the latest feature in a statement:

"Lyft is a values driven company and we deeply believe in participation. Round Up and Donate is a program that makes it easy to participate in a meaningful way by allowing people to give back to the causes they care about within our communities."


The feature is not yet available, but the company announced riders will be able to start donating "in a few weeks."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rick Seaney is the CEO of FareCompare, a website that curates the best deals on flights from around the world. He explains how you can save some money if you are planning on travelling this summer by doing a few simple things right now.

1. Look at money-saving destinations

If you’ll vacation in the U.S., consider a tour of New England after flying into Boston, or revel in the Rockies after landing in Denver. Both have been "cheaper destination" cities for years. Lately, we’ve also seen good deals to sunny San Diego, Seattle and the always-fun New Orleans.

In Europe, deals to Iceland and Scandinavia continue, while Paris has been a bargain for some departure cities. More recently, we’ve been seeing more and more deals to Barcelona.

2. Sign up for faster security

Time is money, and if you miss a flight, the airlines will prove it to you by charging a very expensive change fee (up to $200).

Avoid running late by gliding through security checkpoints -- you can do this by joining PreCheck and using the members-only lanes. The cost is $85 for five years. International travelers pay $100 for five years for Global Entry, which includes PreCheck. Ask anyone who’s in it and they’ll say it’s worth it for the speed alone.

Join now because you have to make an appointment for an in-person interview, and while that usually takes all of five minutes, it can take a few weeks before membership is officially approved and that all-important Known Traveler Number reaches you.

3. Your precise vacation days matter

If flying domestically, you can often find much better deals by flying Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. If you can’t build your vacation around those days, try flying one of them, maybe Saturday to the following Sunday -- at least you’ll save something.

Next, take a look at No. 4 before turning in your days-off request.

4. Check fares now

This will give you a good idea about the cheaper times to fly. It’s also a good time to sign up for airfare alerts. In both cases, if you see a fare you like, book it; cheap seats don’t last.

Example: In early March, I received a question from a man in the Midwest who wanted to know if he should purchase $690 round-trip tickets to Ireland for late August or wait. Normally, one should wait to buy Europe fares five months to two or three months from departure but that was a great price, and I said buy.

Tip: Late last week, I saw summer tickets for Los Angeles to Dublin in mid-August for $500 round-trip, and Boston to New Orleans for a mere $80 each way. Get going!

5. Know your airline, avoid painful fees

Plan your bags in advance and you won’t over pack and you won’t pay fees (or pay too much). Here’s a quick tip sheet:

- Free carry-on bags: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United (unless you buy basic economy tickets on American and United; then you’ll be charged a fee and the carry-on must be checked)
- Free checked bags: Southwest allows passengers two checked-bags for free
- No free bags: Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit charge for all bags. Be sure to look at the fees carefully; these discounters often charge more for carry-ons than checked-bags
Last-minute travelers: The biggest money-saving tip for summer (or anytime) is, before booking airline tickets, always compare airfares. No single carrier always has the best deal on every route.

Any opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author.

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Uber(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- An autonomous Uber vehicle was involved in an accident in Tempe, Arizona, on Friday night.

According to ABC affiliate KNXV-TV, police said a car failed to yield to the self-driving SUV and hit it. As a result of the crash, authorities said the SUV rolled onto its side, KNXV-TV reports.

Although there were no injuries reported, there was a passenger in the self-driving SUV, police said according to KNXV-TV, and the driver of the other vehicle was cited for a moving violation.

Uber confirmed to ABC News the ride-hailing service was aware of the incident, but did not have any more information.

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BernardaSv/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You're probably going to die with some debt to your name. Most people do. In fact, 73 percent of consumers had outstanding debt when they were reported as dead, according to December 2016 data provided to Credit.com by credit bureau Experian. Those consumers carried an average total balance of $61,554, including mortgage debt. Without home loans, the average balance was $12,875.

The data is based on Experian's FileOne database, which includes 220 million consumers. (There are about 242 million adults in the U.S., according to 2015 estimates from the Census Bureau.) To determine the average debt people have when they die, Experian looked at consumers who died from October to December of 2016,

It found that 73 percent of consumers had debt when they died. Sixty-eight percent of those with debt had credit card balances. The next most common debt category was for mortgages (37 percent), followed by auto loans (25 percent), personal loans (12 percent) and student loans (6 percent).

These were the average unpaid balances: credit cards, $4,531; auto loans, $17,111; personal loans, $14,793; and student loans, $25,391.

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