Taxes Blog

Thursday, September 2, 2010 2:29 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

I no longer live in hurricane country, but I still watch the weather reports closely. Go through a couple (or more) of these storms and even if you don’t suffer major damgae, the memories linger. It seems, though, that folks along the coasts tend to get complacent. Please don’t. Hurricane Earl might not make landfall

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 4:31 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Labor Day weekend is almost here and you’re hitting the road for one last blast of summer fun. You’ve tuned up your car, plotted your route and have a little extra cash on hand to pay any potential crash taxes. Yep. Crash taxes. These are fees that many cities and counties are charging drivers

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 10:53 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS has determined that credit card rebates donated to charitable groups are OK and, more importantly to the giver, are tax deductible as long as the gifts comply with the tax law concerning donations. That means that the donated reward amounts must go to qualified organizations, be made in the tax year for which the donation

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Friday, August 27, 2010 2:20 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Timing is definitely everything, in blogging as well as taxes. Earlier this week, I sang the praises of paying tax bills electronically via the IRS’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or EFTPS. Now it appears that criminals have found EFTPS, too. The IRS says it recently became aware of a fraudulent scheme targeting EFTPS users. Taxpayers

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Thursday, August 26, 2010 4:45 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Have you been looking over your shoulder for the tax collector? If you live in in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico or Washington, D.C., you might be able to stop worrying.  Those locations are in the midst of or about to start tax amnesties. They are just the latest to jump on board the tax amnesty train. Yep, these

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 3:38 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Most of us do just about everything via computer these days. We spend our work hours in front of the machines. We electronically connect with family via social networks. When it comes to personal business, such as paying bills or banking, many of us also head to our PC. Well, the IRS wants to make

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Monday, August 23, 2010 4:27 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

It’s official. Tiger and Elin Woods are divorced. When word of the professional golfer’s marital troubles first came out, I wrote about tax issues to keep in mind in the case of divorce. I’m sure Tiger’s and Elin’s financial and tax advisers have walked them through all this, but for the rest of us, here’s

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Thursday, August 19, 2010 11:21 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

I’m never moving again. Of course, I don’t live in the Alabama cities of Birmingham or Montgomery or anywhere in Tennessee. Those locales have the highest sales tax rates in the United States. The one thing that unites most Americans is our opposition to paying the IRS. But for some reason we tend to forget our

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:22 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Summer’s almost over. Is that parents I hear cheering? I’m not a mom myself, but my neighborhood is full of kids. And I know from my neighbors who have outside-the-house jobs, that summer is always a challenge. Now I’m not saying that school is baby-sitting service, but from September to May, it sure helps parents

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Friday, August 13, 2010 9:27 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Last weekend was the big one for the August back-to-school sales tax holidays. But three more events kick off this weekend. Florida, which took some time off from the no-tax events because of budget concerns, is back, starting today, Aug. 13, and running through Sunday, Aug. 15. For those two days, however, Sunshine State shoppers

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