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Taxes Basics

The average tax return

The IRS issued more than 111 million refunds last year. Here’s how much money was refunded.

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  • When to file

    Everyone knows about April 15, but believe it or not, this deadline is not as hard and fast as you may think.

    2 min read Apr 01, 2005
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  • The standard deduction amount

    Most taxpayers take the standard deduction when they file. If your taxes aren’t complex, this may work for you.

    1 min read Apr 01, 2005
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  • Determining taxable income

    It’s hard to believe, but the IRS doesn’t tax every cent you make! It only collects on your taxable income.

    4 min read Apr 01, 2005
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  • Above-the-line deductions

    If you qualify for these special deductions, you can claim them in addition to your standard or itemized amount.

    1 min read Apr 01, 2005
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  • Chapter 2: Forms and filing

    Even if the bulk of your taxes are paid through withholding, filing a return will sort out the nitty-gritty.

    1 min read Apr 01, 2005
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  • 10 tax troubles you can avoid

    If the tax man starts questioning your return, don’t make matters worse by making one of these 10 costly blunders.

    5 min read Mar 01, 2005
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  • Home-sale exclusion for an engaged couple

    Prospective newlyweds must pay careful attention to tax rules when figuring out how much of a profit can be exempted from the bride-to-be’s home sale.

    1 min read Nov 18, 2004
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