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, 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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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:01 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Apparently Americans can’t add, subtract, multiply or do other math, at least not when working on their tax returns. Last year, the IRS caught 2.3 million math mistakes.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:59 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A recent poll found that most people aren’t too upset about their own tax bills. However, they do worry that corporations and the wealthy aren’t paying their fair share of taxes.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:26 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Bills in the House and Senate call for a return to prior flexible spending account rules, including no OTC drug restrictions and no account contribution limits.

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Monday, March 23, 2015 9:00 am
By Jean Chatzky · Bankrate.com

What’s new? What should you look out for? Here are some tax-time tips that could save you filing headaches.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:25 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS is asking some taxpayers to verify their identities before it will process their returns. Don’t panic. It’s a legitimate effort to stop tax identity theft.

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