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  1. When am I not required to submit a social security number on my tax return?

    When filing your tax return, you are generally required to include the social security numbers of yourself and the individuals ...
  2. Non-Cash Contribution Rules Could Cut Returns

    Higher standards for certain contributions could mean smaller deductions for you.
  3. I deducted my IRA contribution on my tax return but failed to transfer the funds. ...

    If an IRA contribution was deducted on a tax return, but the contribution was never made to the IRA by the taxpayer's tax ...
  4. How does the marginal tax rate system work?

    The marginal tax rate is the rate of tax that income earners incur on each additional dollar of income. As the marginal tax ...
  5. If I take a severance package from my employer, how will it be taxed?

    It depends on your tax bracket. For instance, if your employer offers you a payout of $100,000, you will owe federal tax ...
  6. Estate Planning For Canadians

    Trusts, wills, taxes and rules differ by country. Find out what you need to know about estate plans in Canada.
  7. Update Your Variable Annuity With Section 1035

    Thanks to a special tax code clause, you can surrender a variable annuity without paying income tax.
  8. What is the purpose of a "repatriated tax break", and why is it so controversial?

    In 2004, Congress passed the American Jobs Creation Act to create new jobs in an effort to boost the economy. One of the ...
  9. How can I make sure I'm ready to file my taxes?

    Whether you file your return yourself, or have it done by a tax professional, you want to make sure you include all your ...
  10. Does everyone have to file a federal tax return?

    This may come as a surprise to many individuals, but not everyone needs to file a federal tax return. According to the IRS, ...
  11. Should I put money into a retirement account even if it isn't tax deductible?

    One of the biggest and most often-touted advantages of putting money into a retirement account is the tax savings that come ...
  12. How can unethical executives use options backdating to evade taxes?

    The practice of options backdating has landed many companies into the hotseat. The SEC constantly investigates possible instances ...
  13. As a temporary resident of the US, can I withdraw funds from my Traditional IRA without ...

    Should you decide to invest in a Traditional IRA and receive a tax deduction for your contribution, the amounts that you ...
  14. Can an open-ended fund's price appreciate significantly?

    Theoretically, open-end mutual fund prices can experience a significant increase in price. However, three factors need to ...
  15. 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"?
  16. How do I avoid paying excess taxes on securities I have sold?

    If you dispose of securities during the tax year, the profit or losses from the transaction are either capital gains or losses. ...
  17. Is it true that you can sell your home and not pay capital gains tax?

    It is true in most cases. When you sell your home, the capital gains on the sale are exempt from capital gains tax. Based ...
  18. How can I use a child tax credit?

    You may be able to reduce the amount of taxes you owe by up to $4,000, by claiming the child tax credit of up to $1,000 for ...
  19. How can I tell if I'm eligible for an EITC?

    According to the IRS, over 22 million taxpayers received $41.4 billion dollars in earned income tax credit (EITC) for tax ...
  20. Saving Money With A Private Annuity Trust

    Learn about a strategy that could help you reduce taxes, diversify your portfolio and generate income.
  21. 10 Reasons Why Moving Might Not Make You Richer

    Find out why moving to a less expensive city may not reduce your expenses.
  22. Capital Gains Tax Cuts For Middle Income Investors

    Find out how TIPRA plans to slash taxes for those in the 10-15% tax bracket.
  23. How do I figure out my cost basis on a stock investment?

    The cost basis of any investment is the original value of an asset adjusted for stock splits, dividends and capital distributions. ...
  24. Tax Relief For Katrina Victims

    Find out if you qualify for the assistance offered to hurricane survivors by the U.S. government.
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  26. How can I reduce the taxes on my inherited retirement assets?

    Many beneficiaries miss out on one of the most significant tax deductions for inherited retirement-plan assets; the income ...
  27. Paying Uncle Sam: From Tobacco To $1 Trillion

    The services we rely on, like education, law and security, were built on taxes.
  28. I am 52 years old and wish to make a withdrawal from my 401(k) plan. Is there any ...

    Most distributions from qualified retirement plans made to you before you reach the age of 59.5 are subject to an additional ...
  29. What are the tax consequences of a Roth IRA distribution if the IRA holder is younger ...

    The tax treatment of a Roth IRA distribution depends on whether the distribution is qualified. Qualified distributions from ...
  30. Are the deferred earnings in a SIMPLE IRA subject to FICA taxes?

    While salary deferral contributions to a savings incentive match plan for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRAs and ...
  31. Seek Out Past Losses To Uncover Future Gains

    Tax loss carry-forwards can help reduce the tax burden of owning a profitable fund.
  32. Can I, without tax penalties, use the IRA I inherited from my father to buy a home ...

    If you inherited an IRA from someone who was not your spouse at the time he/she died, the amounts that you receive as a distribution ...
  33. How do I calculate my gains and/or losses when I sell a stock?

    To begin, you need to know your cost basis, or the price you paid for the stock. If you did not record this information, ...
  34. The Simple Tax Math Of Roth Conversions

    Roth conversions will be available to affluent taxpayers in 2010. Will you benefit?
  35. What are some commonly missed deductions for business owners?

    If you own a business, you are eligible to deduct certain business-related expenses. These include deductions for the following: ...
  36. Can I give stock as a gift?

    Stocks, bonds or any other securities can be transferred as gifts. Giving the gift of stock also has benefits for the giver. ...
  37. 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.
  38. What is estate planning?

    Estate planning involves making plans for the transfer of your estate after death. Your estate is all the property that you ...
  39. If an employee is paid by commission, who is responsible for withholding taxes?

    It depends. An individual who receives commissions can be treated in the same manner as an individual who receives straight ...
  40. How do I use the IRS Free File tax forms?

    Free File is a way for taxpayers to prepare and file their federal taxes online for free. The service is available to individuals ...
  41. Top 8 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Proper planning will help ensure that your wishes are honored and your heirs are well cared for.
  42. What are the "certain requirements" that must be met for substantially equal periodic ...

    For substantially equal periodic payments (SEPPs), the distributions would occur from your IRA after you rollover the assets. ...
  43. Is my non-qualified Roth IRA distribution subject to taxes or early distribution ...

    The ordering rules must be applied to determine whether the distribution is subject to income taxes and/or the early distribution ...
  44. Cut Your Tax Bill

    Paying your bills early or giving an extra donation now can help you come tax time.
  45. Can a corporation deduct dividend payments to shareholders before taxes are calculated?

    Corporations may not legally deduct the dividend payments before taxes but there is another approach - a corporate structure ...
  46. Pay For A College Education With Retirement Funds

    These savings vehicles may be better than college saving funds for some families.
  47. Top 10 Solutions For A Big Tax Bill

    Ignoring a big tax bill will only increase your pain. Fortunately, there are ways to diffuse the tax time bomb before it ...
  48. How do I get credit for my retirement plan contributions?

    There is an added incentive for adding to your retirement nest egg, if your income falls within certain limits. Under this ...
  49. Can I convert non-deductible contributions made to my Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA ...

    You can convert the contributions to a Roth IRA; however, a portion of the amount you convert to the Roth will be subject ...
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