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, January 20, 2015 11:13 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The president will present some tax law changes in his 2015 State of the Union address. The speech really is a tax reform test for Congress.

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Friday, January 16, 2015 11:32 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS is letting Free File users get a head start on their 2015 taxes. The free online tax prep and e-filing option opens Jan. 16, days before the full Jan. 20 filing season starts.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 2:07 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS commissioner and National Taxpayer Advocate both warn taxpayers that they shouldn’t expect much help from the agency this tax-filing season.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:55 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax software giant Intuit made changes this year to its TurboTax program that could cost users more. Will they pay or switch to rival H&R Block?

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 1:02 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new study finds women chief financial officers are less likely than their male counterparts to use tax shelters.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 11:54 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Be careful about where you get your tax information. A chain email warning about 2015 tax changes gets it mostly wrong.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 9:40 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Although Congress didn’t finalize 2014 tax laws until a couple of weeks ago, the IRS says it will be able to start the 2015 filing season on time.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:11 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Green looks good in everyone’s wallet, and there are minimal tax considerations for the giver and recipient.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:33 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

After almost a year, more than 50 tax breaks that expired on Dec. 31, 2013, are once again law. For two weeks. Then the process starts again in 2015.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A new 529-type savings plan would help disabled individuals put away tax-free money. All it needs now is Senate approval.

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