Taxes Blog

Want to make filing your annual state and federal tax returns easier? Bankrate’s Taxes Blog focuses on how to deal with real-life tax situations, from which forms to file to tax brackets and rates to credits and deductions that will lower tax bills. To ensure that the tax tips are up-to-date, Bankrate’s Taxes Blog also keeps an eye on tax-law changes and the politics behind state and Internal Revenue Code alterations. See the latest posts below.
Friday, November 4, 2016 6:05 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The latest tax scam delivers a usually snail-mailed IRS notice via email, complete with a fake request for an Obamacare payment.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:41 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The New York Times report on Donald Trump’s old tax returns included comments from his former accountant. Should he have kept his knowledge of the GOP presidential candidate’s returns confidential?

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:40 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Western states, led by Wyoming, have the best business tax climates, according to the Tax Foundation’s 2017 rankings. New Jersey comes in dead last.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:22 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Donald Trump’s revised tax plan is less costly, but at the expense of those who contribute to charities. They would lose more of the value of their itemized deductions.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 3:38 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Some medal and prize-money winning U.S. Olympic athletes from the Rio Games are about to enjoy that income tax-free.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:11 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

When you turn 70 1/2, tax law demands you take some money out of traditional IRAs and other tax-deferred retirement accounts. One senator wants to make those required minimum distributions, or RMDs, later.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016 4:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Brick and mortar retailers hope that a national sales tax law will get shoppers back into real stores. But lawmakers can’t agree on the tax method. Now a hybrid has been proposed.

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Tuesday, September 6, 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.

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