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, May 10, 2016 10:04 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Despite assurances that the IRS will send taxpayers letters before calling them, some auditors have been calling individuals unannounced. That’s changing.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 11:30 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Payroll outsourcing giant ADP is the latest company to fall prey to identity theft hackers. This time the crooks got their hands on workers’ W-2 forms with all its vital tax-filing data.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 1:27 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The NBA’s King James and other professional athletes and entertainment personalities don’t have to pay much into Social Security. Why? The annual earnings cap.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:55 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Social Security, Medicare and defense spending get most of our tax dollars every year.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10:59 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The latest telephone tax scam wants targeted victims to send the calling crooks iTunes gift cards. The IRS might like music, but it wants money.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 10:14 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Another member of the House Ways and Means Committee is a tax identity theft victim. Rep. Jim Renacci shared his story with his colleagues and introduced a bill to fight the crime.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:27 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Commander in Chief files taxes just like the rest of us. The Obamas (and Bidens) released their 2015 returns. But we’re still waiting for more from folks who want to take their place in the White House.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:30 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Sen. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t like the IRS partnership with TurboTax and other tax software companies. She wants the tax agency to provide its own free filing system.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:41 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

You’ve got less than a week to file your tax return, unless you get an extension. Either way, though, remember that you must pay any tax you owe by April 18.

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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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