Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:49 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

For yet a third time, the IRS in 2017 will use private debt collectors to bring in overdue taxes from some taxpayers. Here’s what you need to know.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:46 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit can help both people who’ve had a hard time finding work and the companies that hire them. But a deadline to claim the WOTC tax break is fast approaching.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 2:01 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Adjust your payroll withholding now to avoid the 2017 tax season delay of refunds related to Earned Income Tax Credit or additional child tax credit claims.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 2:44 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you miss the 60-day retirement plan rollover deadline, a new IRS ruling could save you from taxes plus the 10% penalty usually assessed in these cases.

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.

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