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  1. U.S. Budget Deficit Lowest in 8 Years

    Last week, The Treasury Department reported that the U.S. budget deficit narrowed to $439 billion for the fiscal year that ...
  2. What are the limitations of 529A accounts?

    Learn the limitations of 529A plans, such as tax consequences and penalties, limited investment options, irrevocable contributions ...
  3. Can you have more than one 529A account?

    Learn how a disabled person can open one 529A account, which can be used to cover various expenses associated with improving ...
  4. 6 Tax Breaks That Anyone Can Claim

    Many can be applied to an individual’s return, and you don’t need to be a financial genius to claim them. Here are six credits ...
  5. Default Risk

    Default risk is the chance that companies or individuals will be unable to pay their debts.
  6. Your 6 Worst Financial Mistakes

    Here are six financial mistakes you may be making, and a viable alternative for each.
  7. Corporate Tax

    A corporate tax is a tax levied on the profits a corporation generates.
  8. Tax Base

    A tax base is the value of assets, investments or income streams that a government can tax.
  9. Bad Debt

    Bad debt is money a company or lender is owed, but is unable to collect.
  10. 5 Cities the Ultra-Rich Are Moving to

    Learn the top five cities worldwide that are attracting the most high-net-worth individuals, and discover factors that make ...
  11. How Shackling Offshore Banks Will Impact You

    FATCA regulations have cast a wide net on offshore banking activities, and many innocent account holders might get caught ...
  12. Laffer Curve

    The Laffer Curve is a graph that shows how changes in tax rates can influence economic growth.
  13. Will my credit score suffer from debt consolidation or refinancing?

    Learn how different debt relief options – consolidation, settlement, credit counseling and bankruptcy – could affect your ...
  14. Fiscal Cliff

    The fiscal cliff refers to a scenario on December 31, 2012, in which the Bush-era tax cuts were set to expire.
  15. Are dividends considered passive or ordinary income?

    Find out why dividends are not considered passive income and why some dividends are subject to a reduced tax rate based on ...
  16. How Long Bankruptcy Will Affect You

    How long will the sad chapter of bankruptcy impact the rest of your life?
  17. Nonperforming Loan

    A nonperforming loan is any borrowed sum where the borrower has failed to pay scheduled payments for at least 90 days.
  18. Are credit card rewards taxable?

    Learn why some credit card rewards are taxable and some are not. Understand the important distinction the IRS makes between ...
  19. Nonperforming Asset

    A nonperforming asset is a loan made by a financial institution to a borrower who has failed to make any scheduled payments ...
  20. The Purpose of IRS Form 941

    Your obligations as an employer include various employment taxes. Use this form to report them.
  21. Gay Marriage and Taxes: Everything You Should Know

    Same-sex couples now have a variety of tax strategies to consider.
  22. Auditor

    An auditor ensures that organizations maintain accurate and honest financial records.
  23. Indirect Tax

    An indirect tax is levied on goods or services rather than on an individual or a company.
  24. What is the difference between comprehensive income and gross income?

    Learn the specifics of both comprehensive income and gross income, how they are legally defined, and the primary difference ...
  25. How does comprehensive income get reported on my 1040?

    Find out how comprehensive, or total, income is reported on IRS Form 1040, including some examples of the many types of income ...
  26. What is the difference between AGI (adjusted gross income) and gross income?

    Find out the differences between your annual gross income and your adjusted gross income, or AGI, both of which are calculated ...
  27. What tax breaks are afforded to a qualifying widow?

    Understand the special qualifying widow/widower status, the requirements for this filing status and the special tax benefits ...
  28. Excise Tax

    An excise tax is an indirect levy charged for the sale or use of a particular item.
  29. What are the benefits of prorating expenses?

    Understand what prorating expenses means for sole proprietors and entrepreneurs. Learn about the benefits of prorating expenses ...
  30. What is the difference between a write-off and a deduction?

    Understand the differences between a tax write-off and a tax deduction. Learn how each one works to reduce income taxes and ...
  31. How can I tell which of my business expenses count as write-offs?

    Learn the basic concept behind what business expenses can be written off, along with specific examples of some basic and ...
  32. Net Operating Loss (NOL)

    Net operating loss is a term from the Internal Revenue Code that refers to a tax situation where tax deductions exceed income.
  33. Where on my 1040 form do I report AGI (adjusted gross income)?

    Learn more about IRS Form 1040 and your adjusted gross income, or AGI, which is the figure the IRS uses to figure your total ...
  34. What is the difference between AGI (adjusted gross income) and net income?

    Learn about the differences between adjusted gross income, or AGI, and net income, two terms that are sometimes synonymous ...
  35. What are the deductions taken to determine AGI (adjusted gross income)?

    Read more about the deductions taken to arrive at adjusted gross income, or AGI, including the differences between above ...
  36. What is the difference between disposable and discretionary income?

    See how disposable income and discretionary income are different, with an example to demonstrate why discretionary income ...
  37. Resident Alien

    A resident alien is a foreigner who is a permanent resident of the country in which he or she resides but does not have citizenship. ...
  38. Ad Valorem Tax

    An ad valorem tax is a levy placed on real or personal property based on the assessed value of that property.
  39. How does a qualifying widow obtain widow's allowance?

    Discover how a widow becomes eligible to claim a qualifying widow federal tax filing status and how she can obtain a widow's ...
  40. What is an IRS letter audit / audit by correspondence?

    Learn about IRS letter audits, how tax returns are selected for audits and the common outcomes in the letter audits conducted ...
  41. When might an abatement be granted by the IRS?

    Learn how the IRS may grant an abatement request when a reasonable cause is present or undue hardship is imposed on a taxpayer ...
  42. What should I do to prepare for an IRS audit?

    Find out how to prepare for an IRS audit, what kinds of audits you might face and what kinds of habits you should develop ...
  43. What are the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

    Read about some of the primary differences between a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, including who may be ineligible ...
  44. What key requirements must be met for the IRS to classify changes or alterations to a property as qualified leasehold improvements?

    Learn the requirements needed to qualify for Internal Revenue Service tax breaks under the qualified lease improvement on ...
  45. Wash Sale Rule

    The wash sale rule is a provision that prohibits taxpayers from creating artificial losses by selling stocks and bonds at ...
  46. Rules for Dependent Care Accounts

    If your company offers it – and you meet the criteria – a dependent care account can help you save on childcare and care ...
  47. Flexible Spending Account Eligible Expenses

    A healthcare FSA will help you pay your medical expense with pre-tax dollars – just not all of them. Here's how to tell which ...
  48. How Taxes For Retirement Accounts Abroad Work

    If you're a U.S. retiree, but previously worked abroad, here's what you need to know about taxes on foreign pensions and ...
  49. What are some common examples of demand shock?

    Discover some common examples of demand shock. Demand shocks lead to rapid increases or decreases in demand that catch everyone ...
  50. What are the IRS regulations regarding a share premium account?

    Read about the tax treatment, or lack thereof, for a corporation's share premium account, also known as the additional paid-in ...
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