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, January 6, 2015 11:54 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Be careful about where you get your tax information. A chain email warning about 2015 tax changes gets it mostly wrong.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 9:40 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Although Congress didn’t finalize 2014 tax laws until a couple of weeks ago, the IRS says it will be able to start the 2015 filing season on time.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:11 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Green looks good in everyone’s wallet, and there are minimal tax considerations for the giver and recipient.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:33 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

After almost a year, more than 50 tax breaks that expired on Dec. 31, 2013, are once again law. For two weeks. Then the process starts again in 2015.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new 529-type savings plan would help disabled individuals put away tax-free money. All it needs now is Senate approval.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 3:05 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Inflation changes to the Internal Revenue Service’s annual mileage rate deductions are small. Business drivers, however, do get a slightly larger write-off in 2015.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11:40 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Most taxpayers believe we all should pay our fair share. And cheating to reduce that amount, according to a recent survey, is not acceptable.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014 2:33 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

It looks like the expired tax breaks known as extenders are finally on their way to approval. But the deal is only for the 2014 tax year. Further action will be needed in 2015.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:19 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Do you do your holiday shopping online to avoid sales taxes? Enjoy it this year. It could be the last sales-tax-free Cyber Monday.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:36 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A group of South Florida college kids learned a lesson the hard way. They allegedly are part of a $1.9 million identity theft tax fraud ring.

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