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.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:58 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax will apply to high-cost, employer-provided health coverage in 2018. To avoid the tax, some companies might end medical FSAs.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:28 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tips are taxable income. Some restaurants, however, are switching to no-tipping policies.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015 2:18 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

2 Massachusetts homeowners argue their property assessments are way off because their homes have no value.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 2:20 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax identity theft is a growing, changing plague. But the IRS is evolving, too, in how it fights this persistent crime.

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Monday, August 17, 2015 4:15 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

More tax identity theft victims from a hack of an IRS online service have been identified. The total now stands at 334,000.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 12:47 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Renting your home for a few days a year can provide substantial tax-free federal income. It provides some cities added tax revenue, too.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:40 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Melissa Gilbert, star of “Little House on the Prairie,” is paying off more than $360,000 in federal taxes while also seeking a seat in the U.S. House.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 12:56 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Whom can you trust when it comes to protecting your identity? Apparently no one, as this week’s sentencing of an Alabama jailer for tax ID theft shows.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 1:46 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

You pay a variety of taxes to squeeze into your air carrier’s seats. Many of the taxes on air travel are flat fees, meaning you pay the same, regardless of how short your flight is.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:50 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

An Arizona man got an almost $5,000 tax bill for cigarettes he bought online years ago. He’s not alone. States are getting creative to get added revenue.

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