Taxes Blog

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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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:29 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Researchers at the University of Florida say that an increase in alcohol taxes would mean a 35 percent reduction in alcohol-related deaths. And the life-extending benefits of hiking alcohol taxes don’t end there, according to “Effects of Alcohol Tax and Price Policies on Morbidity and Mortality,” published in the American Journal of Public Health. Higher

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Friday, September 24, 2010 4:58 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

You’ve probably heard by now that the Senate has decided not to vote on the expiring Bush tax cuts. There are lots of reasons: the upcoming Nov. 2 election, dissension within the Democratic ranks as to which  tax cuts to keep, the upcoming Nov. 2 election, the lack of time to get a bill passed

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Thursday, September 23, 2010 2:10 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Just in case you didn’t know it, the mortgage interest tax deduction is safe. Really? This is news?  No. But then neither was the headline of a press release on a National Association of Home Builders recent survey. The industry group message showed up in my e-mail inbox proclaiming, “Voters Warn: Don’t Mess With the Mortgage Interest

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 11:00 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Colorado lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are worried about taxes. In that state, though, the concern is that voters this November will approve three ballot measures that will cut taxes. Amendment 60 would require Colorado’s school districts to cut property taxes. The state would then be forced to come up with ways

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