Filing Taxes and Tax Refunds

Filing taxes is an annual chore facing all Americans, and let's face it, the tax code is complicated. Bankrate explains the rules in easy-to-understand language to help simplify your life. Here you'll find everything you need to know to file your tax return and pay the IRS. Expecting a refund? You'll find information about that, too.

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Before you can get started with the serious business of filing your taxes, it helps to learn some basics. So we supply list of tax terms and stories on everything from common tax-filing mistakes to overlooked tax breaks. Intimidated? Don't be. We'll help you overcome your tax anxieties, even if you are a first-time tax filer.
See how to meet your tax duties and avoid getting into trouble with the IRS.
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The year's final tax-return filing deadline is imminent. Avoid these errors.
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If you messed up, don't freak. An amended return can make things right with the IRS.
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To keep from feeling overwhelmed, follow these steps to prepare for getting IRS help.
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Do you have to file a tax return? What filing status should you choose? Which 1040 form should you use? How do you report your investment earnings? What if you have a side business? Find answers to those questions and more here. And if you make a mistake, we have a solution for that, too.
Did you know you can save on taxes if you qualify for the lifetime learning credit?
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College costs don't have to overwhelm you. Learn and earn your education tax credits.
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If college loans take a big bite of your income, the interest you're paying on them could help cut your tax bill.
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Want help in paying $4,000 of your college costs? Then look no further than your tax return.
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If you're entitled to a refund, you want to get it as soon as possible. Bankrate shows you how to track your refund, how to deposit it into as many as 3 different accounts, and ways to wisely spend your tax cash.
Take these steps to find out why the IRS doesn't have a record of your work.
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Don't wait too long! The IRS has a time limit on filing for refunds.
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You have an advocate who will look out for you. Here's what you need to do.
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You got a check that's less, or more, than you expected. Here's how you deal with it.
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If you owe the IRS, there are several ways to pay the bill. Learn about how to pay online, or if you owe a lot, how to pay in installments. If you find yourself in deep financial trouble, you might be able to successfully negotiate a smaller bill with Uncle Sam. Learn about all your options here.
Gifting the money may not lessen capital gains taxes, but it might still be helpful. 
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If a co-worker brags about claiming 30 allowances, you may not want to follow suit.
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You may not owe tax now, but you could have to answer to the IRS in the future.
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The Affordable Care Act gives low-income folks a discount that sometimes must be repaid.
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The Internal Revenue Service would like everyone to file taxes online. It's more efficient and less time-consuming for taxpayers and Uncle Sam. You can purchase software for your computer or e-file directly online. The IRS also enables those with household incomes of $62,000 or less to use the Free File service. And its fillable forms are available to everyone, regardless of income. Learn all about it here.
The IRS would like you to pay electronically. Here's a look at Uncle Sam's e-payment options.
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Most taxpayers will file their returns electronically this year. Here's a look at your e-file options.
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The IRS starts tax filing season with Free File, an electronic filing program for taxpayers.
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Don't want to spend hours on your return? Tax-preparation software may be the answer.
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To file your taxes, you need access to all your income statements as well as your W-2 forms. What happens if you don't get them? We'll give you a way to work around this problem. And how long must you hang on to your tax-filing paperwork? Read all about it here.
Follow this checklist from the IRS of which tax records you need to keep -- and for how long.
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Can't come up with the cash to pay your tax bill? The IRS takes your money in different ways.
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Can't come up with the cash to pay your tax bill? The IRS takes your money in different ways.
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Still waiting on 1099 forms to file your return? You can do your taxes without them.
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