Taxes Blog

Want to make filing your annual state and federal tax returns easier? Bankrate’s Taxes Blog focuses on how to deal with real-life tax situations, from which forms to file to tax brackets and rates to credits and deductions that will lower tax bills. To ensure that the tax tips are up-to-date, Bankrate’s Taxes Blog also keeps an eye on tax-law changes and the politics behind state and Internal Revenue Code alterations. See the latest posts below.
Thursday, January 7, 2016 11:09 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Everyone agrees the IRS needs to stop tax refund fraud. But the Taxpayer Advocate says the system is producing too many false positives, delaying legitimate refunds.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:01 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Ready, set, file your taxes beginning Jan. 19. Or if you use Free File, you can use that online option starting Jan. 15.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 11:22 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Wealthy people manipulate the tax code in part by supporting presidential candidates who share their tax views.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:37 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you need a tax transcript to apply for college financial aid, plan ahead. The Get Transcript hack has slowed access to taxpayer data.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:14 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A variety of tax breaks that previously expired every year or so will now be a permanent part of the tax code, thanks to a tax bill hammered out this week.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 12:10 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Congress is in the midst of its version of last-minute Christmas shopping, working to wrap up both a federal spending measure and the tax extenders bill.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 3:09 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Logging on to the Internet will forever be tax-free once Congress passes a trade bill that contains Internet Tax Freedom Act language. The final vote is expected soon.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 11:05 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new law requiring the IRS to use private bill collectors to bring in overdue tax bills could make it easier for tax scammers.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 1:37 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are using an LLC instead of the traditional tax-exempt organization setup to fund charitable causes. What’s in it for them?

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:26 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax professionals are the latest tax phishing target. But all sorts of scams, particularly related to charitable giving, pop up this time of year. Be careful out there!

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