Taxes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Want A Bigger Tax Refund? Don't Itemize

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

    Besides creating ongoing income and capital appreciation, real estate provides deductions that can reduce the income tax ...
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Getting Started On Your Estate Plan

    With some preparation, you can save your heirs from paying a hefty estate tax. Here are some tips.
  8. 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. ...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. ...
  12. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  13. Can I refuse a gift by providing a "Qualified Disclaimer," and what does this entail?

    While refusing a gift may seem a little absurd to many, there are several good reasons that an individual might want to do ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. Planning For The Estate Tax's Return

    The 2010 estate tax lapse could be costly to your family if it keeps you from planning.
  16. 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. ...
  17. 5 Surprise Costs That May Affect Your Tax Bracket

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

    Forgetting these forms can cost you your refund.
  19. 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. ...
  20. 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.
  21. 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 ...
  22. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  23. 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.
  24. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

    We clarify some rules that often puzzle taxpayers.
  25. 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.
  26. Avoiding Tax Scams

    These schemes can lead to fines - and even jail time - for both the scammer and his victims.
  27. Marrying Your Finances: File Jointly And Save!

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

    Tax time can be intimidating - but knowing these tips can ease the process and get you a hefty return.
  29. 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.
  30. 7 States With No Income Tax

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

    Taxpayers should be wary when a new "temporary tax" is introduced. Sometimes these temporary taxes are anything but.
  32. 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.
  33. Taxed-To-The-Hilt Businesses

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

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

    Don't make yourself a target - steer clear of these attention-grabbing tax-filing practices.
  36. 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 ...
  37. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  38. 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.
  39. 10 Things to Know About 1031 Exchanges

    Real estate swaps grow popular, but traps are many. Beware new rules on vacation homes.
  40. 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.
  41. New Baby, New Tax Break

    Delivering a new baby also delivers a $1,000 child tax credit - and that's just the start!
  42. 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

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

    Divorce is a rough transition. Make the tax changes as easy as possible with these tips.
  44. 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.
  45. What is a "wash sale"?

    The Wash-Sale rule was established to disallow a loss deduction of a security sold, if within 30 days of the date of the ...
  46. IRS To Regulate Tax Preparers

    But new standards won't help taxpayers this filing season.
  47. 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.
  48. That's A Tax Break?

    Unusual - and even humorous - things that people can do to get a break on their income taxes.
  49. 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.
  50. 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. ...
  51. Why You DON'T Want To Be A Millionaire

    Learn how this money-making dream can become a nightmare.
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