Taxes Blog

Monday, January 24, 2011 12:18 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A lot of taxpayers are filing their tax returns this month because they are getting a refund. Now the Internal Revenue Service is making checking on those refunds easier, at least for folks who own smartphones. The IRS today unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application. It allows taxpayers to check on their status of their tax

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Friday, January 21, 2011 11:25 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Internal Revenue Service has a special Valentine’s Day gift for us taxpayers whose 2010 tax returns have been placed on hold. Feb. 14 is the day the agency says it will begin processing our taxes. Because it took Congress so long to pass tax legislation that affects 2010 taxes, the IRS has been playing catch-up.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 3:27 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

How are you feeling today? I ask because, as you’ve probably heard, the House of Representatives repealed health care reform laws on Wednesday. OK, I’m being a bit flip. Everyone knows that the House, now in Republican control, is only one part of the legislative equation. To actually have the Patient Protection and Affordable Care

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:39 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Longtime Bankrate readers know that our annual tax guide has a state tax component. I’m working on it, I promise! But there are 50 states and the District of Columbia and only one me, so I appreciate your patience. In the meantime, here’s a preview. It looks like most of the states that collect income taxes from

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Friday, January 14, 2011 3:49 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Let electronic tax filing begin! That’s the word from the Internal Revenue Service on Friday as the tax agency begins accepting e-filed returns. Of course, if you’re itemizing expenses on Schedule A or claiming a couple of other deductions directly on your 1040, your return won’t be processed for a few more weeks. But IRS Senior Executive David Williams says to e-file

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 3:01 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Paying a tax bill with a credit card has long been an accepted practice by American taxpayers. Now Uncle Sam is working to expand plastic tax practices. This time, though, he wants people without bank accounts to try the federal government’s new Visa debit card as a way to receive their tax refunds. Just in time

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:10 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The first paychecks of 2011 are being prepared. Or maybe you’ve already gotten one. You might be in for a surprise. Despite all the talk about the 2 percent payroll tax cut that’s in effect this year, including by me here on Bankrate’s Taxes Blog, some folks won’t get any benefit from the new law.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 2:43 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Happy tax filing season 2011! OK, that doesn’t have quite the same ring as happy New Year or happy birthday. And I know most of you aren’t as thrilled with the arrival of filing season as I am. But since you are reading a tax blog, I figure you’re up for a little tax-related celebration.

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Monday, January 3, 2011 12:25 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you want to file your 2010 taxes early this year, you might be out of luck. The IRS is not quite ready to handle every tax return because Congress took so long to pass tax legislation that applies to the 2010 tax year. So the IRS is telling taxpayers who itemize or who claim

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010 3:10 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Are the tax gods conspiring against tax refund anticipation loans? It appears so. The partnership between the nation’s largest tax preparation firm and its refund loan lender is over. These short-term loans, often referred to as RALs, have long been popular among impatient taxpayers who don’t want to wait for the Internal Revenue Service to send

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