Taxes

  1. Top Ways To Invest Your Tax Refund

    Investing your tax refund will give you the best possible return.
  2. 5 Tax(ing) Retirement Mistakes

    Avoiding these five common tax mistakes can really pay off on your way to retirement
  3. A Tax For Your Behavior

    To what extent are taxes and restrictions being used to modify your behavior?
  4. Don't Let Inaccurate Tax Forms Get You Audited!

    Copying in numbers directly from your tax forms can end up with you paying more (or less) taxes than you owe.
  5. Refund Anticipation Loans Generally A Ripoff

    These short-term loans can provide much-needed cash, but the instant payout comes at a cost.
  6. Understanding The U.S. Tax Withholding System

    Understanding the origins of our tax withholding system is crucial to getting the most out of it.
  7. Timely Help For Tax Procrastinators

    Last-minute advice, including what to do if you find you can't finish your 1040 or pay on time.
  8. The Obama Tax Hikes - What To Do

    Buy munis, book losses, avoid marriage, consider a Roth conversion now and get your Lasik eye surgery next year.
  9. 5 Strategies For Lowering Next Year's Taxes

    If your tax bill is bigger than you'd hoped, there are few ways you can reduce it next year.
  10. How U.S. Policy Affects Other Countries' Tax Rates

    U.S. tax policies don't just affect our own economy - many times, the entire world is influenced.
  11. 5 Top Tax Season Questions

    A tax pro answers questions she hears most often and quashes some myths.
  12. Student Tax Breaks

    Education bills may not be as stressful as you think - these student tax breaks can help!
  13. 6 Avoidable Tax-Time Irritants

    Find out how to keep the IRS from getting under your skin and avoid other frustrating tax scenarios.
  14. A Concise History Of Changes In U.S. Tax Law

    We look at how U.S. taxes have changed since their inception.
  15. Why You Should Itemize Your Tax Deductions

    This strategy of moving your tax deductable payments and donations to the following year could mean hundreds more on your return.
  16. The Biggest Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid This Year

    The real estate market has changed dramatically in the last few years - don't get caught in the cold.
  17. Politicians Who Skipped Out On Taxes

    Their salaries depend on people paying taxes, but these politicians avoided paying taxes themselves.
  18. Choosing A Tax Preparer

    There are many people and companies that can file your taxes. Find out what each has to offer, and which is right for you.
  19. 3 Great Real Estate Deals That Won't Last

    Federal subsidies, low interest rates, falling home prices - many are about to come to an end. Find out how to get on board before these benefits run out.
  20. Tap Retirement Funds To Buy A Home?

    It's not ideal, but there are times when it can make sense to use your IRA or 401(k) for a down payment.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Want A Bigger Tax Refund? Don't Itemize

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

    Besides creating ongoing income and capital appreciation, real estate provides deductions that can reduce the income tax on your profits.
  25. 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.
  26. 5 Spring Clean-Up Tips For Your Finances

    When you're done cleaning out the garage, consider putting some shine on your financial affairs.
  27. 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.
  28. Getting Started On Your Estate Plan

    With some preparation, you can save your heirs from paying a hefty estate tax. Here are some tips.
  29. Last-Minute Strategies To Help Pay For College

    Find out what to do when your kid is ready for higher education, but you aren't.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  35. 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 so. Suppose you inherit a $500,000 IRA and a $500,000 CD from your deceased uncle. If the IRA account puts your total estate over the applicable estate tax exclusion amount, you ...
  36. 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 couples.
  37. 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.
  38. Planning For The Estate Tax's Return

    The 2010 estate tax lapse could be costly to your family if it keeps you from planning.
  39. 5 Surprise Costs That May Affect Your Tax Bracket

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

    Forgetting these forms can cost you your refund.
  41. 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.
  42. Water Cooler News: Financial News This Week

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  43. 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.
  44. 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 try to skirt their annual payments to the government.
  45. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  46. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

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

    These schemes can lead to fines - and even jail time - for both the scammer and his victims.
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