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  1. 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.
  2. Avoiding Tax Scams

    These schemes can lead to fines - and even jail time - for both the scammer and his victims.
  3. Filing Your First Tax Return

    Tax time can be intimidating - but knowing these tips can ease the process and get you a hefty return.
  4. Marrying Your Finances: File Jointly And Save!

    Read these tips to find financial (and wedded) bliss, and put some cash in your pockets.
  5. 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.
  6. 7 States With No Income Tax

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

    Taxpayers should be wary when a new "temporary tax" is introduced. Sometimes these temporary taxes are anything but.
  8. 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.
  9. Taxed-To-The-Hilt Businesses

    Think your taxes are high? Take a look at what some of these major industries are faced with
  10. Avoid An Audit: 6 "Red Flags" You Should Know

    Don't make yourself a target - steer clear of these attention-grabbing tax-filing practices.
  11. Give To Charity; Slash Your Tax Payment

    Being generous has never been more (financially) rewarding!
  12. 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 ...
  13. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  14. 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.
  15. 10 Things to Know About 1031 Exchanges

    Real estate swaps grow popular, but traps are many. Beware new rules on vacation homes.
  16. 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.
  17. New Baby, New Tax Break

    Delivering a new baby also delivers a $1,000 child tax credit - and that's just the start!
  18. 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

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

    Divorce is a rough transition. Make the tax changes as easy as possible with these tips.
  20. 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.
  21. IRS To Regulate Tax Preparers

    But new standards won't help taxpayers this filing season.
  22. 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.
  23. That's A Tax Break?

    Unusual - and even humorous - things that people can do to get a break on their income taxes.
  24. 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. ...
  25. 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.
  26. Why You DON'T Want To Be A Millionaire

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

    The new Roth IRA rules present some interesting opportunities - for the right people.
  28. 10 Important Year-End Tax Tips

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

    A few tax credits can greatly increase the amount of money you get back on your return.
  30. 6 Sources For Free Tax Help

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

    The FCC is considering a tax hike to subsidize internet access in rural areas.
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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. ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. An Estate Planning Must: Update Your Beneficiaries

    Life changes make it time to rewrite your plan's designations.
  36. 8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

    You don't need an MBA to learn how to save money and invest in your future.
  37. 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. ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. Get The Most Bang For Your Charitable Buck

    Stretch your donation dollars this holiday season by giving to an efficient nonprofit organization.
  40. 10 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

    Know what you're in for before jumping into the home remodeling game.
  41. 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? ...
  42. Cut Taxes With An Energy-Efficient Home

    A greener home can mean more green in your pocket this tax season.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 4 Unusual Ways To Boost Social Security Benefits

    Find out how to work the system to get the highest total benefits the law allows.
  46. 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. ...
  47. Taking A Look At Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  48. 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. ...
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 5 Things Every Real Estate Pro Knows

    Find out how to stop chasing the market and start leading it.
  52. 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.
  53. Gift Cards? The Tax Man Wants Yours

    Find out why 25 U.S. states currently confiscate unused gift card balances.
  54. 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.
  55. 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 ...
  56. Tax Court: Your Last Resort

    Appealing an unfavorable or unfair tax ruling may be your last chance to save your finances.
  57. 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.
  58. No Debt Forgiveness For The Tax Man

    Debt settlement sounds like a free lunch, but it has tax consequences.
  59. 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. ...
  60. 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.
  61. Making Sense Of The Tax Code

    If tax rules and regulations are Greek to you, read on to learn how to decipher them.
  62. Retiring Early: How Long Should You Wait?

    Maximize your Social Security benefits by choosing when you retire.
  63. Tax Relief For Katrina Victims

    Find out if you qualify for the assistance offered to hurricane survivors by the U.S. government.
  64. 9 Tips For Growing A Successful Business

    Give your business what it needs to thrive and it will reward you for years to come.
  65. Pension Protection Act Of 2006 Becomes Law

    Learn how the passed bill can help you save more for retirement.
  66. 4 IRA Changes That Encourage Savings

    Find out what's new in the world of IRAs and how you can get more bang for your buck.
  67. 5 Things To Consider Before Late-In-Life Marriage

    Waiting to marry has become the norm, but do you know what to consider before saying "I do"?
  68. Saving Money With A Private Annuity Trust

    Learn about a strategy that could help you reduce taxes, diversify your portfolio and generate income.
  69. An Introduction To Canadian Income Trusts

    Yields in excess of 10% aren't rare, but these unique investments need to be chosen very carefully.
  70. Dividends Still Look Good After All These Years

    Find out how this "first love" still holds its bloom as it ages.
  71. Get A Step Up With Credit Shelter Trusts

    Don't let unexpected taxes eat away at your inheritance or burden your heirs.
  72. Run Your Personal Finances Like A Business

    The principles that contribute to success in business can also help you achieve your financial goals.
  73. A Multipurpose Future Planning Tool

    Overfunded variable universal life insurance policies can be an all-in-one financial solution.
  74. Capital Gains Tax Cuts For Middle Income Investors

    Find out how TIPRA plans to slash taxes for those in the 10-15% tax bracket.
  75. Seek Out Past Losses To Uncover Future Gains

    Tax loss carry-forwards can help reduce the tax burden of owning a profitable fund.
  76. Pay For A College Education With Retirement Funds

    These savings vehicles may be better than college saving funds for some families.
  77. 10 Reasons Why Moving Might Not Make You Richer

    Find out why moving to a less expensive city may not reduce your expenses.
  78. Update Your Variable Annuity With Section 1035

    Thanks to a special tax code clause, you can surrender a variable annuity without paying income tax.
  79. Cut Your Tax Bill

    Paying your bills early or giving an extra donation now can help you come tax time.
  80. 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.
  81. The Simple Tax Math Of Roth Conversions

    Roth conversions will be available to affluent taxpayers in 2010. Will you benefit?
  82. Estate Planning For Canadians

    Trusts, wills, taxes and rules differ by country. Find out what you need to know about estate plans in Canada.
  83. Non-Cash Contribution Rules Could Cut Returns

    Higher standards for certain contributions could mean smaller deductions for you.
  84. Paying Uncle Sam: From Tobacco To $1 Trillion

    The services we rely on, like education, law and security, were built on taxes.
  85. It Is Better To Give AND Receive

    You give to benefit others, but there can be perks for you too.
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