Taxes

  1. How do I get a split tax refund?

    You don't have to receive your tax refund in a lump sum. Learn the options you have for splitting the money the IRS owes ...
  2. How do I know whether to itemize deductions or take the standard deduction?

    Taking the standard deduction is the easiest and most common method chosen by filers, but many taxpayers may wind up paying ...
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  6. What's the difference between IRS Forms 1040EZ and 1040A?

    Two of the forms used for filing individual federal income tax returns are IRS Form 1040A and IRS Form 1040EZ (the third ...
  7. Can moving to a higher tax bracket cause me to have a lower net income?

    Many people think that when their income increases by enough to push them into a higher tax bracket, their overall take-home ...
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    The next time you have to dig deep into your wallet to fill your gas tank at least you'll know exactly what you're paying ...
  9. Five Tax Strategies For A Bonus Or Windfall

    That bonus for a job well done or inheritance from Great Uncle Alfred can often result in your paying a bigger chunk of money ...
  10. 7 Mid-year Tax Moves

    If you wait until year-end to check on your tax status, you’ll be right in the middle of holiday season. And summer is your ...
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    When businesses are looking to make acquisitions, it's a good time to sell your company. But don't rush to take advantage ...
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    Same-sex couples should create the safeguards all married people need, plus a few more. The good news: You may be owed a ...
  13. How Women In Transition Should Mind Their Finances

    With roughly 80% of women dying single due to divorce or outliving their spouses, they must become more involved in their ...
  14. Tax Breaks for Volunteering

    In addition to helping society, volunteering can yield tax deductions – sometimes. Here's how to tell what will pass muster ...
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  18. Do U.S. High Corporate Tax Rates Hurt Americans?

    The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of the 34 developed, free-market nations that make up the Organization ...
  19. EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)

    Earnings before interest and taxes, or EBIT, takes a company’s revenue, or earnings, and subtracts its cost of goods sold ...
  20. Top 2014 Muni Bond ETFs

    April 15 came and went, but the memory of how much of your pay the IRS helped itself to should remain clear. As should the ...
  21. How can I fund A Roth IRA if my income is too high to make direct contributions?

    Roth IRAs are not available to you if you are a high income earner - unless you use the following strategy.
  22. Tax Dodging Companies Cost You More Than $1,200 Each Year

    Every year that multinational corporations and wealthy individuals lower their U.S. tax bills by stashing profits in off-shore ...
  23. I Didn’t File Taxes, Now What?

    April 15 has come and gone, but if you didn’t file your tax bill, all is not lost, even if you think you will owe taxes. ...
  24. The Pros And Cons Of The Mortgage Interest Deduction

    Perhaps the most highly-debated “benefit” to owning a home is the mortgage interest deduction.
  25. Avoid Taxes on IRA Rollovers

    For years, IRA owners have been allowed to roll over their money from one IRA to another once a year without penalty, for ...
  26. Five Tax Myths That Can Cost You Cash

    Relying on the wrong ideas about how to file your taxes could cost you plenty.
  27. Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can usually sense when a customer is providing fraudulent information to them. Find out what ...
  28. Overseas Cash Hoards: Shareholder Boon Or Taxpayer Burden?

    American corporations are holding something in the neighborhood of $1.5 trillion in cash in the coffers of their offshore ...
  29. Why The IRS Blocked Refund Anticipation Loans

    Refund Anticipation Loans provided tax preparers with a substantial stream of income for several decades. But high fees and ...
  30. Bitcoin IRS Tax Guide For Individual Filers

    The is the most comprehensive analysis to date about the IRS tax guidance on virtual currencies like Bitcoin, announced in ...
  31. The Gloomy Future Of The Tax Preparation Industry

    It's often said all that is certain are death and taxes. By extension, undertakers and tax preparers should enjoy similar ...
  32. Could The Fair Tax Movement Ever Replace The IRS?

    Although many taxpayers would love to see the IRS abolished, only a handful of thinkers have come up with any sort of viable ...
  33. Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can usually sense when a customer is providing fraudulent information to them. Find out what ...
  34. Retirement Tax Changes For 2014

    To save efficiently for retirement, it pays to keep abreast of tax law changes. Limits on contributions for some plans have ...
  35. Obama Budget Released: Who Are The Winners And Losers?

    Tuesday President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal year 2015 that includes new programs for education ...
  36. How Powerful Is The IRS?

    The IRS has considerable power to enforce tax collection and reporting. But does it have too much power?
  37. Need To Enroll In Obamacare? File Your Taxes

    Taxpayers who need to obtain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act can now do so easily and conveniently when they ...
  38. Obama’s Retirement Cap Could Hit Middle Class

    President Obama plans to place new limits on how much Americans can contribute to tax-deferred retirement plans. Retirees ...
  39. What Is A Retirement Saver's Tax Credit?

    Here, we take an in-depth look a tax credit designed to provide relief to some people who are saving for retirement.
  40. What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes

    Falling behind on your tax obligations is the financial equivalent of a root canal. Take the pain away by following these ...
  41. Tax Deduction Guide: Contractors Vs. Employees

    The following are deductions independent contractors can write off, employees can write off, and a few that overlap.
  42. Obama's Minimum Wage and EITC Proposals - What Taxpayers Should Know

    Investopedia explains: In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined two proposals - a minimum wage increase ...
  43. How To File A Tax Extension

    Learn the process you need to follow to grant yourself an extra six months on the deadline for filing your tax return.
  44. Why Do So Many People Fall Behind On Their Taxes?

    Despite the threat of owing thousands of dollars to possibly the most feared organization in the U.S., millions of Americans ...
  45. Key Steps In Choosing The Best Tax Preparation Software

    U.S. taxpayers left over $1 billion on the table in missed tax deductions in 2013. Would using tax software prevent you from ...
  46. Eight Ways To Use Your Tax Refund Wisely

    Here are some ways to get the most out of your tax refund check.
  47. 6 Tax Credits That Anyone Can Claim

    Tax deductions and credits aren't just for big companies. You might be surprised how many tax breaks apply to your return.
  48. 6 Tax Myths Everyone Should Know

    There are many tax myths that have grown out of general tax confusion. Learning about them can help you avoid costly mistakes.
  49. New Taxes Under The Affordable Care Act

    Find out what you need to know about the 21 new tax changes linked to the ACA.
  50. How To Negotiate Back Taxes With The IRS

    Recently, the IRS has been more amenable to working out late tax payments. But you have to address the problem up front, ...
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