Tax Center

Ready to file your taxes? Find everything you need to know right here. Bankrate has neatly organized its tax content into categories – all beginning on this page – so that you can easily access the information that pertains to your particular tax situation.


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How to track your tax refund

Taxpayers can follow their refund online, by phone or with a smartphone app. Read more

What tax bracket are you in? Most taxpayers see their income fall into several. And even when you find yourself in the top 39.6% bracket, that doesn't mean you're paying Uncle Sam nearly 40% of your income. Learn more here.
View the current tax brackets for single, married or head of household filings.
Check out the individual income tax rates and earnings to which they apply for 2014.
A FREE gross pay calculator and other net paycheck calculators to help consumers determine the actual take home amount.
Most states tax wage and salary income. Most also collect sales taxes. At more local levels, personal and real property are taxed. Learn about your state's tax levies at Bankrate's state tax rates page.
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Whether you work at an employer's office or run your own business, you'll have to report your earnings. Find the various tax breaks you're entitled to, along with ways to contribute to a retirement plan to prepare for life after work.
Whether you are a recreational or professional gambler, you must report your winnings.
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If your employer is slacking or out of business, you have options. Here's what to do.
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Those big events in your life have tax consequences -- some good, some bad.
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The IRS wants taxpayers to file electronically, offering free services as an incentive.
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Most taxpayers are able to take advantage of at least some of the myriad tax credits and tax deductions available in our tax system. What's the difference? Both can reduce your tax bill, but one is much better than the other. Find out which tax breaks you're entitled to claim - and don't shortchange yourself!
These tax breaks can help reduce college costs, and one even helps younger students.
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At tax time, parenthood can be a rewarding experience when claiming the child tax credit.
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If you give away lots of money during your life or after, taxes may be triggered.
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Exemptions are like deductions. You can claim $4,050 each for yourself and family members.
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Find out tax-favored ways to make the most of work benefits, save for retirement and plan the estate you'll leave to your family.
You do have to wait five years to get at the earnings, but you still have options.
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While the limits on contributions aren't changing, other tweaks may affect you. 
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Beware of these costs if you take money out of your retirement plan to buy a home.
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The CPA likely tried to help your mom, who qualifies to appeal the tax underpayments.
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There are different ways to make money. Uncle Sam generally wants a cut of all types of earnings. Investment earnings, however, generally are taxed at lower rates. Uncle Sam, however, has a heart. When your investments go bad, you get a tax break. And then there's the biggest tax break of all – the capital gains exclusion pertaining to your home investment.
Depending on your filing status, you can make a $500K profit on your home, tax-free.
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If you sold stock to take a capital loss for tax purposes, don't buy it back too soon.
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Uncle Sam's big tax break pertains to the sale of a main home. Here's how it works.
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You could claim that huge loss if you meet certain criteria. Here are the rules.
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Stay on top of the latest developments in the tax world.

How do I get an IRA distribution from my bank?

Dear Tax Talk, I'm going nuts trying to find out how to get the necessary deduction made from an IRA. One bank does it automatically at the end of the year, but the other one doesn't -- I have two. There is more information than I could ever use all over the web about when to start, how to figure out how much to deduct, etc. Just nothing about how to go about getting it done (no forms or where to get them). How do I take my IRA distribution?