Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:40 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS is looking to transform its services and taxpayer interactions with a view toward digital enhancements. Some worry, however, that such a move will shortchange some taxpayers.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:20 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The pervasive IRS impersonation tax scam keeps growing. With school set to resume, scam targets now are students, who are urged to pay a fake federal student tax.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:29 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax crooks don’t take the summer off. Some are out there now with a phishing scheme that pretends to come from tax software providers. Don’t fall for it!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 12:33 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Internal Revenue Service efforts to stop fraudulent tax refunds are posing problems for legitimate taxpayers waiting for their real refunds, according to the latest National Taxpayer Advocate report.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:51 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The 2017 tax filing season is still 6 months away, but the IRS is already making plans to fight tax identity theft and refund fraud that it expects to see next year.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:04 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Despite assurances that the IRS will send taxpayers letters before calling them, some auditors have been calling individuals unannounced. That’s changing.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:30 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Sen. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t like the IRS partnership with TurboTax and other tax software companies. She wants the tax agency to provide its own free filing system.

Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:33 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Every year, the IRS sends refunds to most tax filers. In fiscal year 2015, total refunds came to more than $403 billion, with $208 billion of that going to taxpayers in 10 states.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 5:14 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you turned 70 1/2 in 2015 and have an IRA or a 401(k), the IRS says you must take a withdrawal by April 1.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 12:08 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Several IRS online options have been targeted by identity thieves. To slow such attacks, the agency has suspended a special tax ID number online retrieval tool.

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