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 7, 2016 4:00 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you don’t have a credit or debit card or a bank account, the IRS has a tax payment option for you. You can pay your federal taxes in cash at some 7-Eleven stores.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 2:08 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A massive batch of leaked financial documents sheds light on possible global tax havens of world leaders. Some of that cash is stashed in the United States.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:33 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Every year, the IRS sends refunds to most tax filers. In fiscal year 2015, total refunds came to more than $403 billion, with $208 billion of that going to taxpayers in 10 states.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5:35 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Federal laws require a couple of reports on taxpayers’ foreign accounts. The deadline is June 30.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 1:37 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Some federal tax refunds might be a bit slower in arriving, but one security company exec says that’s good. It means the IRS is implementing more security features.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:37 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination faces challenges that could complicate his run for the White House.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:15 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax identity theft and refund fraud are rampant at the state level, too. Efforts to fight it, however, are slowing down refund issuance and angering taxpayers.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:52 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The changing diplomatic treatment of Cuba also has led to a tax change. U.S. taxpayers now can claim the foreign tax credit against Cuban taxes they paid.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 1:27 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s March Madness time! That means fantasy sports games related to the NCAA basketball tournament are hitting high gear.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 12:08 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Several IRS online options have been targeted by identity thieves. To slow such attacks, the agency has suspended a special tax ID number online retrieval tool.

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