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, October 6, 2015 2:00 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

If the federal debt ceiling isn’t raised by Nov. 5, Uncle Sam won’t be able to pay his bills. The deadline was adjusted in part because of reduced tax receipts.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 1:46 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Oregon now allows recreational marijuana sales, but is postponing tax collection until next year.

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Monday, September 28, 2015 2:36 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Donald Trump releases “new” tax plan: a bunch of previously proposed tax changes.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 10:54 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Volkswagen’s manipulation of its diesel autos’ emissions readings cost the company its reputation and the U.S. Treasury millions in improper tax credits.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 2:04 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

IRS efforts, such as added return-processing filters, are making progress in stopping tax refund fraud by identity thieves.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:48 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Casinos are losing money and states are losing tax revenue as younger people turn to other entertainment options such as fantasy sports.

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

Chicago’s effort to collect a 9% tax on streamed entertainment is facing a court challenge.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015 2:04 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Even federal workers have tax trouble sometimes. Current employees and retirees collecting pay and benefits from Uncle Sam owe $3.5 billion in delinquent taxes.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 1:23 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Starting in 2016, if you have to pay the IRS $100 million or more, you’ll have to send Uncle Sam the huge amount in 2 checks, not 1 big payment.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 11:35 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz chairs the House committee that looks at how well government, including the IRS, does or doesn’t run. Now he’s also a tax identity theft victim.

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