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 8, 2013 4:06 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Because Congress didn’t pass tax law changes affecting 2012 tax returns until Jan. 1, this year’s filing process could be delayed.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 5:48 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The tax bill passed to keep us from falling off the “fiscal cliff” also contained some questionable tax breaks for certain unorthodox businesses.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 7:36 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Congress let us fall off the “fiscal cliff,” but pulled us back on Jan. 1 with passage of a fiscal cliff tax bill that will cost wealthy taxpayers more.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013 1:00 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The 6.2 percent payroll tax amount returned on Jan. 1, meaning that workers will see smaller paychecks in 2013.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 4:29 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Welcome to Capitol Hill High School. That’s what Washington, D.C., looks like as the “fiscal cliff” fight drags on with politics, not policy, driving the debate.

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Friday, December 21, 2012 1:09 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Republican House leaders canceled a vote on their so-called Plan B to keep us from falling off the “fiscal cliff” Jan. 1, 2013. Now what?

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:46 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

House GOPers are expected to approve Speaker John Boehner’s plan B. But it’s just the latest for-show-only action in the “fiscal cliff” standoff.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:26 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Congressmen from areas hard hit by Superstorm Sandy are fighting to expand federal disaster tax relief for their constituents.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 4:11 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Congressional inaction means 60 million taxpayers might have to deal with the complicated alternative minimum tax when they file their 2012 returns.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:16 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Safeguard your personal information this holiday shopping season. It could be used at tax time to file a fake return and steal your refund.

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