Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:09 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax Day is done, for most of us anyway. Uncle Sam thanks you. He now has a fresh influx of cash to keep his businesses running. But just what is he doing with our tax payments? The White House has an answer. The Obama administration has an online calculator on WhiteHouse.gov, where you can enter

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:19 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Contributing to an IRA may cut your tax bill, and if you’re self-employed, you may have even longer to contribute to some plans if you get an extension to file.

Thursday, April 09, 2015 3:07 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is causing tax filing problems for many this year. But you don’t have to worry about that if you’re exempt.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 10:01 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new law offers a special tax deduction option for cash gifts to charities providing aid to the families of two NYC police officers who were slain in December 2014.

Thursday, April 02, 2015 3:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new men’s NCAA basketball champ will be crowned on April 6. Also that day thousands of folks will cash in on their office betting pools. Now just don’t forget about the taxes.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:01 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Apparently Americans can’t add, subtract, multiply or do other math, at least not when working on their tax returns. Last year, the IRS caught 2.3 million math mistakes.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:59 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A recent poll found that most people aren’t too upset about their own tax bills. However, they do worry that corporations and the wealthy aren’t paying their fair share of taxes.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:26 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Bills in the House and Senate call for a return to prior flexible spending account rules, including no OTC drug restrictions and no account contribution limits.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:25 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS is asking some taxpayers to verify their identities before it will process their returns. Don’t panic. It’s a legitimate effort to stop tax identity theft.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 3:18 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Internal Revenue Service is likely to see its budget cut even more by Congress. One representative is trying to rally support for a budget hike. Good luck.

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