Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, February 11, 2016 3:33 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The IRS, Federal Trade Commission and Social Security Administration are taking steps to protect consumers from identity theft.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 12:30 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Sorry, Ben Franklin, but there’s a new adage about taxes: The only constants in life are taxes and tax scams.

Thursday, January 07, 2016 11:09 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Everyone agrees the IRS needs to stop tax refund fraud. But the Taxpayer Advocate says the system is producing too many false positives, delaying legitimate refunds.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016 11:01 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Ready, set, file your taxes beginning Jan. 19. Or if you use Free File, you can use that online option starting Jan. 15.

Thursday, December 31, 2015 1:45 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

The new legislation that Congress pushed through includes at least 5 provisions that help retirees and those planning for retirement.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:37 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you need a tax transcript to apply for college financial aid, plan ahead. The Get Transcript hack has slowed access to taxpayer data.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 11:05 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new law requiring the IRS to use private bill collectors to bring in overdue tax bills could make it easier for tax scammers.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Teresa and Joe Giudice, from the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality show, are facing an IRS lien on their mansion.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:44 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Taxpayers whose personal information was used by criminals to file fraudulent tax returns now can get copies of the fake 1040s from the IRS.

Thursday, November 05, 2015 2:25 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The lower IRS audit rate seems like good news. However, Uncle Sam is losing money on tax cheaters.

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