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, June 16, 2016 12:14 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Philadelphia is about to become the largest U.S. city to tax beverages, sugar-sweetened and otherwise. In pushing for the tax, officials opted for the honest “we need the money” approach.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:01 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Earned Income and additional child tax credits help put added money in the hands of millions of filers. They also are a source of tax fraud. A new law will delay refunds in 2017 on returns that claim these credits.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:28 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Students duped into taking out loans to pay for college could get a tax break if a new Senate bill gets some traction.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:05 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Moving is a pain, even for the rich. In fact, a new study finds that the wealthy don’t move that much even if relocation would lower their tax rates.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:54 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Law enforcement made some progress this week against the huge telephone tax scam. 5 people were arrested for allegedly being part of the largest tax scam ever.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:17 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A man’s home literally is his castle for a former king of Romania. He says a war veterans’ tax break means he shouldn’t owe real estate taxes on the property.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:12 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Taxes can be tough to pay sometimes. A Portugal resident found his tax bill so high that he resorted to robbing banks to cover it.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 1:46 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Legalizing marijuana at the federal level and in all states could bring in billions. It wouldn’t really make a big dent in government budgets, but it would make many constituents happy.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:23 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A U.S. senator is seeking answers from officials in Nevada and Wyoming about tax-evading shell companies in their states that were listed in the latest Panama Papers release.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:04 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Despite assurances that the IRS will send taxpayers letters before calling them, some auditors have been calling individuals unannounced. That’s changing.

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