Taxes Blog

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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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 1:59 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Want to know how important it is to have a good estate plan in place? Just ask the family of Vicki Lynn Marshall. You probably know her as Anna Nicole Smith, the former Playboy playmate who, at age 26, married 89-year-old tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. He died 14 months after they exchanged their June

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 2:26 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Politics trumped policy this week. Representatives and Senators left Capitol Hill without voting on the expiring Bush tax cuts. Apparently, Congress believes that their re-election campaigns will fare better without a specific tax vote to point to. Part of the problem, aside from the purely election-driven concerns, was that lawmakers couldn’t agree on what to do about tax

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 1:28 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If  you had any doubt that taxes need to be thought about year-round, then consider what will happen tomorrow. On the federal level, the first-time homebuyer tax credit will come to an end Thursday, Sept. 30. That’s the day that folks who had a contract in place by April 30 on a qualifying home must actually close on the purchase

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