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.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:27 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Commander in Chief files taxes just like the rest of us. The Obamas (and Bidens) released their 2015 returns. But we’re still waiting for more from folks who want to take their place in the White House.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:30 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Sen. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t like the IRS partnership with TurboTax and other tax software companies. She wants the tax agency to provide its own free filing system.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:41 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

You’ve got less than a week to file your tax return, unless you get an extension. Either way, though, remember that you must pay any tax you owe by April 18.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 4:00 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If you don’t have a credit or debit card or a bank account, the IRS has a tax payment option for you. You can pay your federal taxes in cash at some 7-Eleven stores.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 2:08 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A massive batch of leaked financial documents sheds light on possible global tax havens of world leaders. Some of that cash is stashed in the United States.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:33 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Every year, the IRS sends refunds to most tax filers. In fiscal year 2015, total refunds came to more than $403 billion, with $208 billion of that going to taxpayers in 10 states.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5:35 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Federal laws require a couple of reports on taxpayers’ foreign accounts. The deadline is June 30.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 1:37 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Some federal tax refunds might be a bit slower in arriving, but one security company exec says that’s good. It means the IRS is implementing more security features.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:37 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination faces challenges that could complicate his run for the White House.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 11:15 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax identity theft and refund fraud are rampant at the state level, too. Efforts to fight it, however, are slowing down refund issuance and angering taxpayers.

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