Taxes Blog

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:49 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

I’m a big fan of horror movies, but Congressional action on the first-time homebuyer tax credit is starting to get too scary for even me. This tax break has become a combination Frankenstein and zombie of tax laws. When first created in 2008, it wasn’t really a credit (although lawmakers called it that), but a $7,500

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:16 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Little did I realize when 2004′s rash of  hurricanes literally drove us out of Florida would I be worrying about these storms here in landlocked Austin, Texas. But life is funny sometimes. Since the hubby and I moved back home to the Lone Star State, we’ve watched Katrina come into the Gulf, then Rita along

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Tags: disaster, tax, Taxes
Friday, June 25, 2010 9:22 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Remember yesterday when I suggested you do all you can to close on your new home by June 30 if you want to claim the first-time homebuyer credit on your 2010 taxes? The Senate made that advice more urgent last night when, for the third time it was unable to sign off on the tax

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Thursday, June 24, 2010 2:47 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

You’ve probably heard that the first-time homebuyer tax credit might be extended.  More precisely, as my Bankrate colleague Holden Lewis blogged, it’s the closing date that might be pushed to Sept. 30. Not that I want to get into good blogger, bad blogger with Holden, mainly because I deal with taxes, which automatically tends to

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 2:21 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you have a bad habit you want to break, the tax collector wants to help. Really. It’s only for your good that an increasing number of states are imposing more and higher taxes on activities that lawmakers, usually armed with some advocacy group statistics, deem detrimental to our individual, or even society’s, well-being. Or

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 1:58 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Poor Snooki. She and her Jersey Shore buddies are going to have to deal with the real sun this summer if they want to keep their tans. That, or the MTV reality (or so they say) show personalities (sorry, I couldn’t bring myself to type “stars”) will have to pay extra next month to be

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 3:46 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new paperless mandate from the Obama administration has gotten a lot of attention. Seems Uncle Sam will stop sending out paper benefits checks next March. That means that your Social Security, Railroad Retirement, unemployment insurance and veterans benefits will all go directly into your bank account. If you don’t have a bank account, the feds will

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Friday, June 11, 2010 2:14 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Congress, specifically the Senate, is looking at extending the first-time (and others) homebuyer credit yet again. Say it ain’t so! OK, it’s not a total extension. The latest proposal would be to give prospective buyers who had a contract in hand by April 30 until Sept. 30 to close on the sale. In case you

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 3:06 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

I hate to be a nag (actually, I tell my husband I’m just detail-oriented!), but if you pay estimated taxes make sure you don’t miss the June 15 deadline for the second filing of 2010. These four extra payments a year are made by folks who get money that isn’t subject to payroll withholding. It could be

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2:25 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

I vividly remember the first time I saw the ocean. But it really wasn’t the ocean. It was the Gulf of Mexico. To a preteen from arid West Texas, though, the Gulf was for all practical purposes “the” ocean. I’ve visited the Texas shore since. And I’ve lived in areas that afforded easy access to

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