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.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 1:32 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Refund anticipation loans are almost a thing of the past, but other costly tax-related products, and predators, are still out there.

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Friday, March 1, 2013 9:41 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The federal tax agency won’t be immune to temporarily laying off workers due to sequestration, but it will postpone action until after tax filing season ends.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013 1:41 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Federal furloughs because of sequestration could mean that the Internal Revenue Service’s processing of returns, and refunds, will be slowed.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 3:29 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The federal tax code is 100 this year. Is it time to retire it? Or perhaps finally reform it?

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:37 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate have introduced bills that would cut their pay. Most are tied to deficit reduction. And they’ll never pass.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax rates play a part in people’s decisions to move to a new state, but usually it’s a very small reason for relocating.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:26 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Roads are filled with pot holes. Bridges are crumbling. Is a federal gas tax hike imminent as a way to help pay for the repairs and new infrastructure works?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 3:42 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you use some of your tax refund to buy a savings bond, you can get the savings instrument as an actual, old-school piece of paper.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013 5:21 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Deducting your state sales taxes this filing season? You can use the IRS tables or you can add up the amounts on all those receipts you collected.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:10 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Federal investigators wrapped up a two-year investigation into a tax-debt relief company with a settlement that should help repay some of the money lost by taxpayers.

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