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.
Thursday, January 14, 2016 12:25 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you didn’t win anything in the $1.5 billion Powerball drawing, you’re not alone. Even state tax collectors are losers this time.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 11:53 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Do you have the 6 winning Powerball numbers? The IRS hopes so. Uncle Sam wants his almost 40% cut of your $1.4 billion winnings.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016 11:09 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Everyone agrees the IRS needs to stop tax refund fraud. But the Taxpayer Advocate says the system is producing too many false positives, delaying legitimate refunds.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:01 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Ready, set, file your taxes beginning Jan. 19. Or if you use Free File, you can use that online option starting Jan. 15.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 11:22 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Wealthy people manipulate the tax code in part by supporting presidential candidates who share their tax views.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:37 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you need a tax transcript to apply for college financial aid, plan ahead. The Get Transcript hack has slowed access to taxpayer data.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:14 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A variety of tax breaks that previously expired every year or so will now be a permanent part of the tax code, thanks to a tax bill hammered out this week.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 12:10 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Congress is in the midst of its version of last-minute Christmas shopping, working to wrap up both a federal spending measure and the tax extenders bill.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 3:09 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Logging on to the Internet will forever be tax-free once Congress passes a trade bill that contains Internet Tax Freedom Act language. The final vote is expected soon.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:05 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new law requiring the IRS to use private bill collectors to bring in overdue tax bills could make it easier for tax scammers.

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