Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:40 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Actress and former Miss American Vanessa Williams is the latest celebrity to run afoul of the IRS. If you owe taxes, look into a payment agreement so you don’t end up like her.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:45 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Thousands have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge. Many also have donated to the ALS Association. If you gave money, you might be able to claim a tax deduction.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:34 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Being behind bars doesn’t deter some tax criminals. Two in Minnesota, however, have been charged with running a $400,000 fake tax refund scheme.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:34 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Don’t fall for the ever-growing telephone tax scam. The caller on the other end of the line probably is a con artist, not an IRS agent.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:47 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Several higher education groups say that a House approved change to current tax benefits would hurt older students who aren’t full-time students.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:35 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

When it comes to legalizing marijuana, Bob Dylan said it best: The tax times, they are a-changin.’ OK, Dylan didn’t specifically say tax times, but in the effort to move marijuana into the mainstream, proponents of legal weed are regularly touting the tax benefits. © John Munson/Star Ledger/Corbis The latest instance is in Oregon. An

Thursday, August 07, 2014 1:59 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS has done a great job in calculating Affordable Care Act advance tax credits. Now the agency and taxpayers wait for courts to decide who gets the credit.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 10:07 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax holidays continue to hang around, but many in the tax world say they are terrible tax policy and don’t really do much to boost state economies.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:14 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Taxes have helped reduce the number of smokers. They also have cost the U.S. Treasury billions — because of tobacco tax loopholes, not fewer smokers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:23 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A Republican bill makes what supporters say are improvements to the popular $1,000 child tax credit. Most Democrats, however, disagree with the ‘improved’ moniker.

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