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, July 29, 2014 1:23 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A Republican bill makes what supporters say are improvements to the popular $1,000 child tax credit. Most Democrats, however, disagree with the ‘improved’ moniker.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:23 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

While the courts duke it out over who is eligible for the Obamacare premium tax credit, the IRS chief says his agency will continue to offer the credit as usual.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:22 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Wealthy New York City residents who do move tend to stay relatively close to their old home in other high-tax states.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:37 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Victims of tax preparer fraud suffer twice, says the Taxpayer Advocate. First they lose their tax refunds, then they must wait years for a replacement check.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:53 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Around $106 billion is lost government-wide due to improper payments. The IRS contribution to this unwelcome amount is $15.6 billion in bad EITC claims.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 3:20 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Crowd funding is a fun and potentially lucrative way to pay for your project. It also could leave you with a big tax bill.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 2:24 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds the IRS has been doing a terrible job of carrying out certain audits.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 3:50 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Celebrate Independence Day by flying Old Glory proudly. In some states, your U.S. flag purchase is tax free.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:58 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Uncle Sam is serious about getting his cut from foreign accounts. FATCA and new voluntary disclosure rules should help.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:26 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Confused by all the different federal tax breaks for educational costs? The House has approved a bill it says will simplify things.

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