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, March 8, 2016 12:08 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Several IRS online options have been targeted by identity thieves. To slow such attacks, the agency has suspended a special tax ID number online retrieval tool.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 12:10 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Immigration is a hot-button issue, especially in this presidential election year. It’s also a tax issue, with a report finding undocumented U.S. residents pay billions in taxes.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 2:02 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new investigation finds even more taxpayer accounts were accessed through the IRS Get Transcript hack. That brings to 724,000 the number of at-risk accounts.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:33 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

An online security audit says that almost half of the Free File tax preparation options have security issues.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 1:09 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Crooks tend to operate in cash, so the IRS keeps a close eye on such transactions. But so do some legitimate business owners, some of whom have found their assets improperly seized by the IRS.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 10:55 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax con artists tend to rely on tricks they’ve tried in past years. But regardless of whether the tax scam is old or new, don’t be fooled by these 12 scams.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 3:49 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

States are expanding efforts to stop tax refund fraud, with many asking filers for their driver’s license numbers when they e-file their state returns.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:57 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Winning the NFL championship means more bling. It also means the value of the showy Super Bowl ring is taxable.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 1:52 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Some tax breaks that were made permanent parts of the tax code also are affected by inflation. The IRS has announced those effects for the 2016 tax year.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:10 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Use tax software? Then you could be a target of phishing scams seeking to steal your identity this filing season.

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