Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:48 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Having too much tax withheld could get you a big refund. You could be using that money year-round.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:22 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

An error code has been showing up for some taxpayers when checking on the status of their refunds.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:26 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The federal agency is nudging taxpayers toward more online interactions.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:30 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Rule would confirm oversight of largest nonbank companies that provide foreign money transfers.

Thursday, January 09, 2014 3:25 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS won’t process tax returns until Jan. 31, but many taxpayers are e-filing now so their 1040s will be first in line when filing season officially opens.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 4:45 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The government shutdown slowed IRS preparation for the 2014 tax filing season.

Thursday, August 04, 2011 3:38 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Did you buy an airline ticket before July 23 but didn’t fly until that day or later? Then you paid a federal aviation tax that has since expired. And that means you’re eligible for a tax refund of your ticket tax money. The good news is that the Internal Revenue Service and some airlines are

Thursday, November 18, 2010 10:06 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Need a little extra cash this holiday season? The Internal Revenue Service might be able to help. The U.S. Treasury has $164.6 million in tax refund checks that were returned this year as undeliverable. The average check amount comes to $1,471. That sure would go a long way toward making merry. Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for the cash.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 3:46 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new paperless mandate from the Obama administration has gotten a lot of attention. Seems Uncle Sam will stop sending out paper benefits checks next March. That means that your Social Security, Railroad Retirement, unemployment insurance and veterans benefits will all go directly into your bank account. If you don’t have a bank account, the feds will

Monday, May 24, 2010 2:08 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The good news, at least for the real estate sector, is that home resales were up in April. The bad news is that the IRS audited more tax returns filed by homebuyers. The reason in both cases is the first-time homebuyer credit. Because of widespread fraud in claiming the tax credit when it first appeared,