Taxes

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  1. Comparing Regressive, Proportional and Progressive Taxes

    Learn about the basic differences between three common tax systems.
  2. Married Gays Are Surprised to See Bigger Tax Bills

    Gay married couples can now file joint federal and state returns, but they should know how the marriage penalty in the tax ...
  3. What Is Corporate Inversion?

    Corporate inversion occurs when a U.S. company buys or combines with a foreign company in a country with a lower corporate ...
  4. The Top 5 Countries for Dividend Investing (WBK, BBL)

    Read about the five best foreign countries for American dividend investors, based on a ranking of their average after-tax ...
  5. The Origins of the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

    Learn why heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  6. When a 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Makes Sense

    If you've exhausted all other avenues, there are ways to withdraw funds before age 59½ – sometimes without the 10% penalty ...
  7. Here's the Best Way to Skirt Capital Gains Taxes

    Taxpayers who know the rules for netting gains/losses can generate additional losses to net against the taxable gains in ...
  8. What All the Candidates’ Tax Plans Are Missing

    The presidential candidates have starkly different tax-reform proposals – but none of them gets to the real problem of America's ...
  9. 3 Ways Tax Haven Governments Make Money

    If the governments of tax haven countries impose little, or no, income taxes, how exactly do these nations generate revenue?
  10. Assets the Ultra-Rich Use to Reduce (or Avoid) Taxes

    Paintings, oil wells and yachts can get great tax write-offs for their wealthy owners. All it takes is some smart gaming ...
  11. How Are Collectibles Taxed?

    If you plan to sell collectibles, it's imperative that you know the tax implications.
  12. Panama Papers: What Advisors Need to Know

    Here is how clients may be impacted by some of the issues brought to light by the Panama Papers.
  13. Can't Pay Your Taxes? What to Do Now

    Not enough cash on hand for your April tax bill? No need to panic. Here's what to do.
  14. OK, So I'll Be Smarter Next Tax Time

    5 tax resolutions to start on right now for a smoother tax return next April 18. Yes, it's the same date in 2017.
  15. Missed the Tax Return Deadline? Here's What to Do

    Most important: Do it now.
  16. Performance Review - U.S. Fixed Income in 2015

    Review the performance of the U.S. fixed-income securities in 2015, from the relatively strong U.S. municipal bond market ...
  17. Should University Endowments Be Taxed?

    Some politicians are calling for universities to pay taxes on their massive endowments. Should they?
  18. How Are Capital Gains And Dividends Taxed Differently?

    Individuals in the 25% or higher tax bracket pay a 20% tax on long-term capital gains.
  19. Filling Out Your W-4 Form

    When you start a new job, you’ll probably need to fill out a W-4 form. Here’s how to do it.
  20. Where You Get the Most/Least for Your State Taxes

    Are you deriving the greatest benefits from your tax dollars? A recent survey from WalletHub may indicate otherwise.
  21. What to Know Before Moving to a Lower-Tax State

    Moving to a state with different tax rules can be very tempting. Here are some things you should consider before moving for ...
  22. 3 Federal Income Tax Facts You Didn't Know

    Learn about three federal income tax facts that most Americans may not know from one of the most trusted financial resources ...
  23. Tax Credits That Can Get You a Refund

    Here are a few of the credits that may result in a refund check, even if you owe no taxes this year.
  24. One Market Where Oil Doesn’t Really Matter Much

    If you are getting worried that your portfolio will be affected by the recent slide in oil and energy prices, keep reading. ...
  25. You'd Be Rich If You Were Taxed Like a Multinational

    Oh, the money you'd save. Something to think about as you fill out your own taxes, which aren't getting a tax holiday from ...
  26. The 6 Most Liquid Muni Bond ETFs (MUB,SHM,TFI,ITM)

    Looking for safety in an uncertain world? Consider these liquid muni bond ETFs.
  27. How to Avoid the 6 Most Common Tax Audit Triggers

    These are the most common scenarios that can trigger the IRS to audit a tax return.
  28. Tax-Season Home Stretch: Last-Minute Deductions

    April 18th is almost here, but it's still not too late to find some last-minute deductions. Act now!
  29. What is Gross Income?

    Gross income is an individual’s total income before taxes and other adjustments are considered.
  30. Owe Taxes? You Could Lose Your Passport

    A rule slipped into a transportation bill allows the U.S. government to revoke your passport if your tax debt exceeds $5 ...
  31. Are credit card rewards considered taxable income by the IRS?

    Learn about when the Internal Revenue Service considers the financial value of gifts received from credit card reward programs ...
  32. How long do I need to keep income tax records?

    Learn how long you need to save your tax records to avoid getting hit by additional taxes and penalties if you are the target ...
  33. 3 Bonds that Are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016

    Learn about three bonds that are top choices for retirement in 2016, offering investors increasing yields and lessen market ...
  34. Panama Papers Tip of the Iceberg as Congress Aids Tax Cheats & Terrorists

    Never mind the Panama Papers. America has its own ‘State Thieves, Embezzlers And Liars (STEAL) Protection Acts’ that can ...
  35. What are the Best Ways to Lower My Taxable Income?

    Paying taxes is an unavoidable obligation each year, but individuals and business owners can take advantage of various strategies ...
  36. All You Need to Know About Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  37. When Home is Where You Want Your Money to Be

    There are plenty of issues taxing investors today, and many of them reside beyond U.S. borders.
  38. The Top 10 European Tax Havens

    While the popular stereotype of a tax haven is a Caribbean island, these countries in Europe serve as attractive places for ...
  39. Tax Haven Vs. Tax Shelters: Is There a Difference?

    Learn about the difference between tax havens and tax shelters, and how both are used to reduce tax liability or avoid paying ...
  40. Why Is Panama Considered a Tax Haven?

    Learn about the offshore tax haven of Panama, and discover the legal and tax structures that make Panama a premier Caribbean ...
  41. The Deadline for Catch-Up Contributions: April 18

    Those who want to maximize their retirement plan contributions can still make a prior-year contribution for 2015. Don't miss ...
  42. This Explains $0 Federal Income Tax for Millions

    Understand how the earned income tax credit works and whether it applies to you.
  43. Where to Find Decent Income Without Indecent Risk

    If you're struggling to derive decent income without indecent risk from your investments, you need to look at these charts. ...
  44. America's Missing $15 Billion in Corporate Taxes

    The “Starve the IRS” strategy cuts the supply of corporate auditors. Result: Big-money tax cheats go free and ordinary taxpayers ...
  45. Simple Last-Minute Tax Tips

    A little preparation and organization can take the stress out of last-minute tax filing.
  46. Get a 6-Month Tax Extension

    Discover how to get some extra time from the IRS, without paying a hefty penalty for the privilege.
  47. 3 Tax Things to Consider for Your Investment Portfolio

    If you are getting frenetic with the tax season and haven't seen the connection between taxes and investments, here are three ...
  48. Tax Breaks for People Over 50

    If you’re over 50 you have some tax advantages that your younger counterparts do not. Don’t submit your taxes without first ...
  49. Tips for Tax-Efficient Retirement Plan Withdrawals

    Here's how advisors can help increase tax efficiency for clients who are withdrawing assets from retirement accounts.
  50. When Volatility Taxes Your Patience & Your Portfolio

    Find out how municipal bonds can be an attractive source of after-tax income, no matter what your tax bracket.
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