Taxes Blog

Thursday, June 9, 2011 2:55 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The U.S. economy has stalled. Concern is growing that we could be in for a double-dip recession. American workers, millions of whom have already given up looking for jobs, are more depressed and angry. Politicians are about to panic. So what happens when folks in Washington, D.C., start worrying about keeping their jobs? They dole

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Tags: tax, Taxes
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 4:15 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Ten years ago today the Bush tax cuts became law.  They were part of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, and the key tax provisions were: Creation of the 10 percent tax rate for the first few thousand dollars of earnings. Cuts in the existing top four income tax rates, topping out

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Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:57 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Raising kids is expensive, so lawmakers have provided a variety of tax breaks for parents. One of the best tax benefits applies to families that adopt children, especially thanks to recent changes to the adoption tax credit. Not only has the dollar amount of the tax benefit been increased, the credit is now refundable. That

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:49 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Retirement plans have been getting a lot of scrutiny as Congress fights over ways to reduce the deficit and come up with a new federal budget. This attention isn’t new. Remember a few years ago when then-President George W. Bush talked about the cost savings of privatizing Social Security and how quickly that idea was

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:17 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you’re planning a driving trip this holiday weekend, I hope you budgeted enough for gasoline. Gas prices continue to be near $4 a gallon around the nation and are likely to hold there throughout the summer vacation season. Taxes contribute to what we pay at the pump. There’s the federal gasoline excise tax, which

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:53 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you plan to spend the Memorial Day weekend hitting holiday sales, then you’re in for some added savings if you live in Louisiana, Texas or Virginia. These three states are holding sales tax holidays this month. The Louisiana event, which runs May 28 and May 29, is designed to help folks get ready for

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 1:31 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Is the Internal Revenue Service spending too much of its time and our tax money tracking down wealthy tax cheats? That’s the charge from one watchdog group. Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, a data gathering, research and distribution organization at Syracuse University, contends that the IRS’s Global High Wealth Industry group is not doing its

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 1:20 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A month ago, most of us were staring down tax day by finishing up our 1040s. OK, I’m taking some liberties by using “us,” since I’m one of the 9 million or so taxpayers who got an extension, but you know what I mean. And most of us (OK, most prompter-than-I) filers also got or will

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Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:09 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Most American taxpayers believe they are overtaxed. Guess what? We’re actually in better shape than taxpayers worldwide. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, reports that the overall tax burden on Western workers’ earnings climbed in 2010 for the first time since the OECD started analyzing such data a decade ago. The OECD’s most

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:35 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

 Did you find filing your 2010 tax returns particularly troublesome? You’re not alone. National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, speaking to a recent session of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation meeting in Washington, D.C., thinks so, too. What made it so bad for the woman in charge of making sure the Internal Revenue Service

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