changes offer breaks, burdens --
Among the changes are a deduction option for sales taxes and a cut in the popular
produce millions in unclaimed refunds --
The Internal Revenue Service has over $73 million
in undeliverable refund checks. Does any of it belong to you?
It's tax season --
Get an early filing start this year. These tips will help you get organized,
find a tax pro, avoid tax scams and much more.
gains and your home sale --
Many people worry that they'll have to
pay Uncle Sam when they sell their homes. But since the rules changed in 1997,
it's one of the best tax breaks around.
ways to pay your tax bill --
You've just discovered you owe the IRS. Don't
be in such a panic to pay that you make one of these unwise payment choices.
Got a side
business? Don't make these tax mistakes --
If your after-hours enterprise is paying off, don't waste that money at tax-filing
time. Avoid these 12 business tax blunders.
in tax cheats for fun and profit -- Know
someone who's ripping off Uncle Sam? Don't get mad. Let the IRS get even.
PLUS: Tempting the tax
guide to a joint return -- Filing
your first 1040 together won't be romantic, but it can mark the beginning of
a strong financial partnership.
PLUS: 6 financial moves
estate taxes -- Thanks
to years of diligent saving, some middle-class taxpayers find they could be
estate-tax vicitims. Here's how to protect your heirs from the IRS.
PLUS: Put it in a trust
alert! Dirty dozen tax scams -- Trust
no one when it comes to too-good-to-be-true tax promises. Look out for these
magic of deductions and credits -- Use
all the tools Uncle Sam gives you to whittle down the bill.
PLUS: Your tax form guide
tips for students -- Doing
your taxes feels like one more final exam. But there's one big difference: This
grade is measured in cash.
down on flagging of tax returns filed for free --
If you had privacy concerns about using the government's
free e-file program, you can breathe easier now.
1099 miscellaneous income forms --
The self-employed version of the W-2 is the 1099. Here's
how to deal with the data on these statements as you file your taxes
terrible tax surprises --
Think you know what evil lurks in the heart of the U.S. tax
code? Don't bet on it. Even experts are sometimes surprised by tax laws. These
five trip up a lot of unsuspecting taxpayers.
price of tax impatience --
Refund-anticipation loans offered during tax time may be
quick, but most come at a steep cost.
PLUS: Less-costly refund-loan
When good tax
breaks go bad -- Tax law changes aren't always good. Just ask
some folks who lost out when a tax deal disappeared.
and investing Q&A -- Here are some tax-related investor
questions answered by Kay Bell, Bankrate.com's tax editor.
tax paperwork to a minimum -- Don't drown under tons of old
tax forms. Here are which records to keep and the best way to save them.