Taxes Blog

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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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:12 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Regular readers of Bankrate tax stories this month have already received a lot of good advice on what they can do now to cut their 2011 tax bill. But because I’m still in a festive, giving holiday mood, I thought it would be a nice post-Christmas gift to list some quick and easy moves you

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Friday, December 23, 2011 11:04 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The 4.2 percent payroll tax rate, two percentage points lower than the usual rate collected from workers to pay for Social Security, will remain in place through Feb. 29, 2012. Now the House and Senate must work on a way to keep the lower payroll tax rate effective through all of 2012. The two-month extension

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:51 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

OK. Extension of the payroll tax cut probably is not just in limbo, but dead for at least a while. In a largely party-line vote today, the House voted to go to conference with the Senate to work out a deal to keep the 4.2 percent payroll tax rate in place. As everyone knows by

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Monday, December 19, 2011 2:46 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you ever had any doubt that things in Washington, D.C., work — or don’t work — differently from the rest of the world, the latest turn in the payroll tax cut extension makes that very clear. The payroll tax collected from workers to finance Social Security is usually a 6.2 percent rate. In 2011,

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