Taxes Blog

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 I ask because, as you’ve probably heard, the House of Representatives repealed health care reform laws on Wednesday.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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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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