Taxes Blog

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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Monday, December 27, 2010 10:39 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you’re anything like me, you probably got an unwanted Christmas present: a cold. But if you have a medical flexible spending account, or FSA, your sniffles also could help you maximize your 2010 tax savings. You put money into this workplace benefit before taxes are taken out of your check. Then you use the untaxed medical account funds

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 12:42 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Not so long ago when it looked like the Bush tax cuts might expire, we were all worrying about the possibility of shrinking paychecks. Now we’re worrying if our employers can get the new withholding tables in place to make sure our paydays will be bigger. A 2 percent payroll tax cut is part of the Tax

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:29 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

One of the key provisions of the tax bill that the House could vote on as early as today deals with the alternative minimum tax, or AMT. By now, most taxpayers know about this parallel tax system that disallows certain popular tax deductions and which ends up creating higher tax bills for affected folks. Even more

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 10:20 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

As the deal President Barack Obama reached with Republicans to extend the expiring income tax cuts moves toward final approval, House Democrats are plotting their last stand against the bill. That final fight looks to be about the inevitable meeting of death and taxes. On Monday, the Senate cleared a procedural hurdle, voting to vote

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Friday, December 10, 2010 11:03 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Amid all the tax-cut plan brouhaha this week, another key tax story slipped by relatively unnoticed. Wesley Snipes reported to federal prison on Dec. 9 to begin serving his three-year sentence for not filing tax returns. The actor, best known for his roles as the title character “Blade” in the vampire hunter movie trilogy, has been

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010 1:44 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

It looks like the outcome we expected all along will happen. The president announced a deal has been reached by bipartisan negotiators to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts for two more years. There will be much debate over the fiscal and political wisdom of the extension. But when push comes to shove on Capitol Hill

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Thursday, December 2, 2010 3:34 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which is generally referred to as the debt panel or simply the commission (because its official name is too long and the acronym doesn’t flow), is continuing its effort to get Congress to consider comprehensive changes to how it, and the United States, operate. On Dec. 1,

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