Taxes Blog

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 10:06 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Hot enough for you? If not, come on down to Texas, where we’re on pace to have our hottest summer on record. The only people enjoying this weather are air-conditioning repair firms and utility company billing offices. Meanwhile, we sweltering residents just push the thermostats up as high as we can bear. It’s a choice

» Read more
Friday, August 12, 2011 2:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Shoppers in three states this weekend won’t have to worry about some sales taxes, both online and in the store. Their states are holding sales tax holidays. Florida, Massachusetts and Maryland are the latest states to hold back-to-school sales tax savings events. Florida’s tax holiday began Friday, Aug. 12, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14. Shoppers will

» Read more
Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:29 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Amazon.com Inc is leading an effort to put California’s recently enacted online sales tax law to the voters next year. If you’re one of the few who didn’t think the online giant was ballsy enough in its sheer opposition to collecting sales taxes from customers and its threats to pull projects from states to obtain tax

» Read more
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 9:59 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s only Tuesday, but for those of us hoping to retire sooner rather than later, it’s probably going to be a very long week. Actually, thanks to Standard and Poor’s decision to drop the United States’ creditworthiness from triple-A to AA-plus, it’s probably going to be a stretch of very long months. The rating agency’s

» Read more
Tags: tax, Taxes
Friday, August 5, 2011 2:28 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you were counting on an airline ticket tax refund, you’re out of luck. When Congress was unable to agree last month on a bill to continue funding the Federal Aviation Administration, not only did around 74,000 people lose their jobs, but taxes tacked onto airline tickets also lapsed. Thanks to that legislative oversight, it

» Read more
Thursday, August 4, 2011 3:38 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Did you buy an airline ticket before July 23 but didn’t fly until that day or later? Then you paid a federal aviation tax that has since expired. And that means you’re eligible for a tax refund of your ticket tax money. The good news is that the Internal Revenue Service and some airlines are

» Read more
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 10:34 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Summer is almost over. That means back-to-school sales tax holidays. This August, 17 states are trying to encourage shoppers by exempting certain products from state and in some cases local sales taxes. Mississippi kicked off tax holiday season last weekend. Eleven more states hold their tax-free shopping days this coming weekend. Five more state events

» Read more
Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:16 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

With folks pinching their pennies ever tighter, 17 states are hoping to encourage shopping by offering sales tax breaks. This time of year the events are usually characterized as back-to-school tax holidays. But it’s not just classroom supplies that are exempt from sales taxes. In fact, in Mississippi, which kicks off the 2011 round of

» Read more
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:14 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Electricians are licensed. So are plumbers. Even my hairdresser has to get an official piece of paper from the State of Texas before she can cut hair for a living. But in most states, it doesn’t take any formal OK for folks to hang out a shingle declaring they are tax professionals. The Internal Revenue

» Read more
Thursday, July 21, 2011 3:14 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

How much did the first-time homebuyer credit help the U.S. housing market? Not much. The much ballyhooed tax break was touted as the best way to shore up the sagging housing industry following the bursting of the real estate bubble. But a new paper by Jonathan Brogaard and Kevin Roshak, doctoral candidates at Northwestern University’s

» Read more
Page 34 of 50« First...1020...3233343536...4050...Last »