Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:55 am
By Brady Porche ·

There are few good ways to fill a refund-sized financial void

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:01 pm
By Kay Bell ·

The Earned Income and additional child tax credits help put added money in the hands of millions of filers. They also are a source of tax fraud. A new law will delay refunds in 2017 on returns that claim these credits.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:53 pm
By Kay Bell ·

Around $106 billion is lost government-wide due to improper payments. The IRS contribution to this unwelcome amount is $15.6 billion in bad EITC claims.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 2:47 pm
By Kay Bell ·

Two budget documents set the stage for political rather than fiscal battles.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:15 pm
By Kay Bell ·

Uncle Sam is losing billions each year in wrong Earned Income Tax Credit claims.

Friday, July 05, 2013 10:19 am
By Kay Bell ·

The earned income tax credit catches a lot of heat, but many military families depend on it and the refundable portion of the child tax credit.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:57 am
By Kay Bell ·

Despite a law requiring accountability for money that federal agencies pay out, the IRS has issued as much as $13.6 billion in improperly claimed earned income tax credits.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:17 pm
By Kay Bell ·

A recent government investigation found that refundable tax credits cost the U.S. billions. But so do all the tax breaks you and I claim.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 3:28 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

It’s tax time again. Lots of people who are living in retirement don’t earn enough money to be required to file. But this year, low earners are entitled to some financial help from Uncle Sam — but in order to get it, you have to file taxes. The two best deals are the earned income tax