Taxes Blog

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 1:31 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Brace yourselves, America. Congress is going back to work next week. I kid, sort of. It’s not necessarily a bad thing that the House and Senate will convene for a lame duck session on Nov. 15. And there’s a chance representatives and senators will actually accomplish some things. But just how much work they do,

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Friday, November 5, 2010 2:02 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Do you live in North Carolina? Do you need a new appliance? Then this is your lucky weekend. North Carolina’s Energy Star sales tax holiday began just after midnight Friday, Nov. 5 and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. During these three days, shoppers won’t have to pay the Tar Heel State’s 5.75 percent

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Thursday, November 4, 2010 3:47 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

All tax eyes are on what will happen with the expiring Bush tax cuts – specifically, what tax rates will you and I owe in 2011 and beyond? However, another part of the former president’s tax-law changes was the death in 2010 of the estate tax. The removal of this tax from the Internal Revenue Code, however, is

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:37 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

As millions of us head to the polls today, we’ll decide not only which individuals will represent us in Washington, D.C., but also, in many cases what our state taxes will look like. Ballot initiatives are a popular way to change local laws. Regular readers know that I’m not a big fan of this process, but,

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 12:12 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

As the economy slowly sputters back to life, states with business-friendly tax systems will be the most successful in attracting new companies. In 2011, the state that is most likely to attract new business is South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore State tops the Tax Foundation’s annual State Business Tax Climate Index. The rest of the 10 states with tax

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:06 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Election Day is just a week away and if you’re anything like me, you want to shut off all your electronic devices. No more phones flooded with recorded messages encouraging you to vote for (or against) someone or something. No more television with its inane and infuriating candidate ads. No more e-mail with all its

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Thursday, October 21, 2010 5:18 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The option for more people, regardless of income, to convert traditional IRA money into a Roth IRA has received a lot of attention this year. Now, thanks to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 that was signed into law on Sept. 27, the same opportunity exists for workplace retirement plans. First a quick IRA

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 3:09 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Have you been enjoying your tax cut this year? If you answered, “What tax cut?” you’re not alone. Although 2010 began with the Making Work Pay tax credit in place, surveys indicate that most Americans don’t realize that their take-home pay is a bit larger. The New York Times reports that the Obama administration’s signature

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 3:06 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Attention tax procrastinators: If you got an extension to file your 2009 tax return, you have just a few days let to complete that task. Your Form 1040 must be on its way to the IRS by Friday, Oct. 15. If you mail your tax return, make sure it’s postmarked by that day. Better yet, spend the

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Thursday, October 7, 2010 2:03 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Some Virginia residents, as well as folks in neighboring states, will be spending the long Columbus Day weekend shopping. The reason: Friday, Oct. 8, through Monday, Oct. 11, is Virginia’s annual Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday. During these four days, certain energy-efficient appliances will be exempt from Virginia’s state and local combined 5 percent sales tax. Products priced

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