Taxes Blog

Friday, January 27, 2012 3:08 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

What’s a tax filing season without a glitch? This year the problem is tax fraud. But it’s not what you might think. The Internal Revenue Service has implemented a new tax refund fraud detection system. Basically, the agency has added screening mechanisms to make sure that the refunds go to rightful owners. But the fine-tuning

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:39 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s been two days since presidential candidate Mitt Romney released an avalanche of tax returns. That same night, President Barack Obama emphasized in his State of the Union address that every American needs to pay his or her fair share of taxes. No one disagrees with the president about that. But it didn’t take a

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1:22 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

We now all know what the Internal Revenue Service knows about Mitt Romney. He’s rich — earnings of $21.7 million in 2010 and an estimated $20.9 million last year — and he pays a relatively low tax rate because most of his earnings in 2010 and 2011 were from investments. Most of Romney’s money, known

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 3:16 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Here’s the latest big non-news item: Mitt Romney is very, very rich. Like a quarter of a billion dollars rich. Usually when the topic of wealth comes up, folks are interested in how a person made his or her money. But in Romney’s case, at least for us tax geeks, the focus is on how

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 1:23 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Free File program allowing millions of taxpayers to prepare their taxes online and file them at, as the name says, no cost. Although you can only get to the free tax filing option via the Internal Revenue Service website, it’s a partnership of the tax software industry

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 3:48 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s tax filing time. That means it’s tax scam time. Every year people make money off taxes, and I’m not talking about Uncle Sam. Con artists and identity thieves long ago realized that our fear of making a tax mistake coupled with basic human greed create the perfect breeding ground for their schemes. And some

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 1:51 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The 2012 tax filing season has just begun, but a perennial concern is on the minds of many filers: audits. The good news is that if you make less than $200,000, your chances of the Internal Revenue Service taking a closer look at your return is negligible. The latest IRS data on examinations – that’s what

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Thursday, January 5, 2012 2:39 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Are you ready for tax season? Yeah, you’re right. It doesn’t have the same pizazz as the football query, but whether you’re ready or not, tax filing season is upon us. You can start sending in your 1040 (or 1040A or 1040EZ) as soon as you have your W-2. Folks expecting a tax refund will

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012 3:24 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Quick cash based on expected federal tax refund amounts, known as a tax refund anticipation loan, or RAL, isn’t quite the big business it used to be. But since this is America where ingenuity is rewarded, similar products have taken the place of these potentially costly refund loans. First, a quick obituary for the strict

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 11:37 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s no surprise Americans aren’t happy with their federal tax system. But a new poll finds the problem isn’t necessarily the taxes they’re paying. Instead, folks are concerned the wealthy aren’t paying their fair tax share. In a survey conducted Dec. 7 to Dec. 11, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

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