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.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 10:37 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The 2016 presidential campaign is well under way. I know, I can hear your groaning through the Internet. To borrow a campaign catchphrase, I feel your pain. As I type, six Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination. But by the time you read this, a couple of more candidates may have declared. The Democrats so far

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:16 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Maine’s governor wants his state to become the 10th one with no income tax. The advantages and disadvantages of no taxes aren’t necessarily clear cut.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:06 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Senate is working on an expansion of 529 plans that follows the earlier House lead.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 2:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax-related identity theft is a growing problem, and two women contend in a lawsuit that Intuit, maker of the popular TurboTax, “facilitates” the cybercrime.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:24 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Overall state tax revenues were up in fiscal year 2014 compared to the previous year, but some states lost money. How did your state fare?

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:09 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax Day is done, for most of us anyway. Uncle Sam thanks you. He now has a fresh influx of cash to keep his businesses running. But just what is he doing with our tax payments? The White House has an answer. The Obama administration has an online calculator on WhiteHouse.gov, where you can enter

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:19 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Contributing to an IRA may cut your tax bill, and if you’re self-employed, you may have even longer to contribute to some plans if you get an extension to file.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015 3:07 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is causing tax filing problems for many this year. But you don’t have to worry about that if you’re exempt.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 10:01 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new law offers a special tax deduction option for cash gifts to charities providing aid to the families of two NYC police officers who were slain in December 2014.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 3:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new men’s NCAA basketball champ will be crowned on April 6. Also that day thousands of folks will cash in on their office betting pools. Now just don’t forget about the taxes.

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