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  1. Understanding The U.S. Tax Withholding System

    Understanding the origins of our tax withholding system is crucial to getting the most out of it.
  2. The Obama Tax Hikes - What To Do

    Buy munis, book losses, avoid marriage, consider a Roth conversion now and get your Lasik eye surgery next year.
  3. 5 Strategies For Lowering Next Year's Taxes

    If your tax bill is bigger than you'd hoped, there are few ways you can reduce it next year.
  4. How U.S. Policy Affects Other Countries' Tax Rates

    U.S. tax policies don't just affect our own economy - many times, the entire world is influenced.
  5. 5 Top Tax Season Questions

    A tax pro answers questions she hears most often and quashes some myths.
  6. 6 Avoidable Tax-Time Irritants

    Find out how to keep the IRS from getting under your skin and avoid other frustrating tax scenarios.
  7. Student Tax Breaks

    Education bills may not be as stressful as you think - these student tax breaks can help!
  8. Why You Should Itemize Your Tax Deductions

    This strategy of moving your tax deductable payments and donations to the following year could mean hundreds more on your ...
  9. A Concise History Of Changes In U.S. Tax Law

    We look at how U.S. taxes have changed since their inception.
  10. Politicians Who Skipped Out On Taxes

    Their salaries depend on people paying taxes, but these politicians avoided paying taxes themselves.
  11. The Biggest Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid This Year

    The real estate market has changed dramatically in the last few years - don't get caught in the cold.
  12. Choosing A Tax Preparer

    There are many people and companies that can file your taxes. Find out what each has to offer, and which is right for you.
  13. Tap Retirement Funds To Buy A Home?

    It's not ideal, but there are times when it can make sense to use your IRA or 401(k) for a down payment.
  14. Top 9 Solutions To An Unexpected Tax Bill

    Finding out you owe when you expected a refund is a nasty shock. Find out how to cope.
  15. Claim The Homebuyer Tax Credit Before It Expires

    This credit expires April 30, but you can still cash in, and buying a house isn't the only way to do it.
  16. Want A Bigger Tax Refund? Don't Itemize

    Six reasons why many taxpayers can save money and time by claiming the standard deduction.
  17. Tax Deductions For Rental Property Owners

    Besides creating ongoing income and capital appreciation, real estate provides deductions that can reduce the income tax ...
  18. 10 Tax Tips For Stock Options

    Options and restricted stock are a great perk--if you don't get caught in a tax trap. Here's what you need to know.
  19. U.S. Sales Tax Rates Hit Record High

    Shopping blues: Top tax 12%. Chicago's 10.25% highest big-city rate. More Internet tax fights loom.
  20. Getting Started On Your Estate Plan

    With some preparation, you can save your heirs from paying a hefty estate tax. Here are some tips.
  21. Tax Technology That Works

    These software programs and applications can help you prepare and get through tax season. Find out what they have to offer.
  22. Should You File Taxes For Free?

    If you qualify, you can file your taxes for free online. Find out how to do it, and whether it's worth the effort.
  23. Taxpayer Alert: 1099 Traps Multiply This Year

    Bank consolidations, stock options, and 1099-R changes could create problems. Here's how to stay out of the IRS' crosshairs.
  24. The History Of Taxes In The U.S.

    The number of taxes that we now consider a given did not always exist. Find out how they arose.
  25. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  26. Marriage Vs. Common Law: What It Means Financially

    The number of unmarried couples is on the rise, but your relationship may or may not be given the same benefits as married ...
  27. Planning For The Estate Tax's Return

    The 2010 estate tax lapse could be costly to your family if it keeps you from planning.
  28. Tax Avoidance Or Illegal Evasion?

    Find out how to avoid the most common tax filing mistakes and audit triggers, so you can deduct with a clear conscience.
  29. 5 Surprise Costs That May Affect Your Tax Bracket

    Surprise! You may owe more than you think.
  30. What To Bring To The Tax Man

    Forgetting these forms can cost you your refund.
  31. Tax Withholding: Good For Government, Bad For Taxpayers

    It's important to understand where that money coming out of your paycheck goes and why - after all, you earned it.
  32. 10 Tax Protester Claims To Avoid

    The IRS calls them "frivolous" arguments. Make one and you could get hit with big civil penalties and even criminal charges.
  33. How Criminals Changed The Tax Code

    Thanks to tax crooks and "creative accountants", tax codes have been designed to eliminate loopholes and catch those who ...
  34. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  35. Earn Tax-Free Income

    Tax rates are going up, so it pays to find sources of income that the tax collector can't touch. Here are 20 of them.
  36. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

    We clarify some rules that often puzzle taxpayers.
  37. How Much Tax Do You Really Pay?

    When you add direct and indirect taxes together, your real tax rate is much more than you expected.
  38. Avoiding Tax Scams

    These schemes can lead to fines - and even jail time - for both the scammer and his victims.
  39. The 10 Most Common Tax-Filing Mistakes

    Be sure to double check your federal income tax return for these common mistakes that could cost you time and money.
  40. Marrying Your Finances: File Jointly And Save!

    Read these tips to find financial (and wedded) bliss, and put some cash in your pockets.
  41. Filing Your First Tax Return

    Tax time can be intimidating - but knowing these tips can ease the process and get you a hefty return.
  42. 7 States With No Income Tax

    These states impose no income tax on residents, but will putting down new roots really save you money?
  43. "Temporary" Taxes That Stuck

    Taxpayers should be wary when a new "temporary tax" is introduced. Sometimes these temporary taxes are anything but.
  44. 11 Tax Deductions You Can't Actually Write Off

    These are some of the most common tax write-offs that you can't really claim.
  45. Taxed-To-The-Hilt Businesses

    Think your taxes are high? Take a look at what some of these major industries are faced with
  46. Give To Charity; Slash Your Tax Payment

    Being generous has never been more (financially) rewarding!
  47. Avoid An Audit: 6 "Red Flags" You Should Know

    Don't make yourself a target - steer clear of these attention-grabbing tax-filing practices.
  48. Don't Bank On A Tax Refund

    When you get a refund, you’ve essentially lent your money to the government, interest-free. Find out how to keep your money ...
  49. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  50. 10 Things You Should Know About 1099s

    They're arriving in the mail now. Don't ignore them, or you could be buying trouble with the IRS.
  51. 10 Things to Know About 1031 Exchanges

    Real estate swaps grow popular, but traps are many. Beware new rules on vacation homes.
  52. 5 Famous Tax Cheats

    These five famous Americans tried to dodge the taxman and got caught. Find out who they were and what they owed.
  53. New Baby, New Tax Break

    Delivering a new baby also delivers a $1,000 child tax credit - and that's just the start!
  54. 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The receipts you cram into your wallet could be replaced with cash come tax season.
  55. Newly Divorced? How To File Your Taxes

    Divorce is a rough transition. Make the tax changes as easy as possible with these tips.
  56. Sell Your Rental Property For A Profit

    Being a landlord can be taxing, especially when you want to sell. Find out how to reduce your burden.
  57. IRS To Regulate Tax Preparers

    But new standards won't help taxpayers this filing season.
  58. Should The U.S. Switch To A Flat Tax?

    Some countries have begun charging a flat tax rate instead of the gradual tax system of the Western world.
  59. That's A Tax Break?

    Unusual - and even humorous - things that people can do to get a break on their income taxes.
  60. 7 Ways To Avoid Self-Employed Tax Penalties

    If you follow these methods for calculating estimated tax payments, you could minimize your chances of incurring penalties. ...
  61. When An Innocent Spouse Seeks Tax Relief

    The IRS sets a high bar for spouses angling to divorce themselves from their partners' back tax bills.
  62. Why You DON'T Want To Be A Millionaire

    Learn how this money-making dream can become a nightmare.
  63. New Tax Breaks You Need To Know

    The new Roth IRA rules present some interesting opportunities - for the right people.
  64. 10 Important Year-End Tax Tips

    These tips will reduce your anxiety and can lower your 2009 tax bill.
  65. Give Your Taxes Some Credit

    A few tax credits can greatly increase the amount of money you get back on your return.
  66. 6 Sources For Free Tax Help

    From community-based services to free software, there are many free resources to help with your taxes.
  67. Raising Taxes To Subsidize Rural Internet

    The FCC is considering a tax hike to subsidize internet access in rural areas.
  68. Top 10 Financial Blessings Of 2009

    It's been a tough year for the broad economy, but the fact that we've emerged from the brink of economic collapse gives us ...
  69. Working Longer: Will It Hurt Your Retirement?

    Many are choosing to work longer in order to rebuild their nest eggs, but despite the extra income, there are drawbacks.
  70. You're Retired. Should You Ditch Your Life Insurance Policy?

    If you're trying to determine whether you should throw out your life insurance policy along with your business suits, here ...
  71. An Estate Planning Must: Update Your Beneficiaries

    Life changes make it time to rewrite your plan's designations.
  72. 8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

    You don't need an MBA to learn how to save money and invest in your future.
  73. 6 Tips For Protecting Your Home's Value

    New taxes, property values, appraisals, community changes and nearby abandoned foreclosures can all lower your home's value. ...
  74. Get The Most Bang For Your Charitable Buck

    Stretch your donation dollars this holiday season by giving to an efficient nonprofit organization.
  75. 2009 Tax Credits: A Holiday Gift To Yourself

    Before you run out and buy gifts for others, make sure you give yourself a gift by wrapping up all the tax breaks you possibly ...
  76. 10 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

    Know what you're in for before jumping into the home remodeling game.
  77. Where Should Your Small Business Incorporate?

    Where you incorporate your small business will affect your tax rates and overall costs. Where is it the most economical?
  78. Cut Taxes With An Energy-Efficient Home

    A greener home can mean more green in your pocket this tax season.
  79. Avoid Capital Gains Tax On Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  80. IRS Asset Seizures: Could It Happen To You?

    If you can't pay your taxes, know that the IRS has many avenues for collecting what you owe.
  81. 4 Unusual Ways To Boost Social Security Benefits

    Find out how to work the system to get the highest total benefits the law allows.
  82. Refusing An Inheritance

    Contrary to popular belief, inheriting assets isn't always a good thing. Find out what to do if you want to disclaim them. ...
  83. Taking A Look At Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  84. The Truth About The First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

    The $8,000 tax credit might be the push you need to buy your first house, but there are some things you need to know first.
  85. A Look At The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

    For those who encounter this tax, it can be costly. Find out how to navigate this complicated tax arrangement.
  86. Transfer Retirement Savings When You Change Jobs

    Half of Americans lose their nest eggs when they switch careers. Learn why you should avoid this trap.
  87. 5 Things Every Real Estate Pro Knows

    Find out how to stop chasing the market and start leading it.
  88. On This Day In Finance: July 13 - Live Aid Concert Raises $70 million

    The first global concert raised millions of dollars to help the poor in Ethiopia.
  89. Gift Cards? The Tax Man Wants Yours

    Find out why 25 U.S. states currently confiscate unused gift card balances.
  90. Notorious White Collar Criminals: Where Are They Now?

    While Madoff's victims hope he dies in jail, other notorious fraudsters still have future careers ahead of them.
  91. Free Money For Homebuyers

    Take advantage of the federal and state money being offered to apply for an FHA mortgage and get the cash you need to go ...
  92. Tax Court: Your Last Resort

    Appealing an unfavorable or unfair tax ruling may be your last chance to save your finances.
  93. Vacation Home Or Income-Producing Investment?

    There is an alternative to letting your cottage sit empty all year, but turning a profit won't be easy.
  94. No Debt Forgiveness For The Tax Man

    Debt settlement sounds like a free lunch, but it has tax consequences.
  95. 5 Ways To Save On Child Care Costs

    Child care costs can be a shock to new and expecting parents, but are some programs in place to help with the first few years.
  96. Tough Times: Should You Dip Into Your Qualified Plan?

    401(k)s, pensions and profit-sharing plans can be a source of cash, but there are consequences to this option.
  97. Making Sense Of The Tax Code

    If tax rules and regulations are Greek to you, read on to learn how to decipher them.
  98. Pension Protection Act Of 2006 Becomes Law

    Learn how the passed bill can help you save more for retirement.
  99. Get Ready For The Estate Tax Phase-Out

    Changes to federal legislation will affect how your assets are treated once you're gone - be prepared.
  100. Get A Step Up With Credit Shelter Trusts

    Don't let unexpected taxes eat away at your inheritance or burden your heirs.
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