Blog Profile / Don't Mess With Taxes

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Finding a charity to volunteer with on MLK Day 2016

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spreading the message of freedom and equality. Leading up to this milestone, the King Center in Atlanta has been celebrating...Show More Summary

Lotteries aren't budget bonanzas for states

The buzz about the biggest U.S. lottery ever continues, as we wait for the rest of the Powerball winners to come forward. So far, just Jim and Lisa Robinson, the Tennessee ticket buyers, have claimed their portion of the $1.5 billion prize. Show More Summary

Millennials find tax refund anticipation loans appealing This week's Daily Tax Tips explain why RALs are bad … plus more tax-filing advice

When it comes to millennials' personal finances, a recent study by the tax and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at George Washington University found eight trends among this generation born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990. Show More Summary

Ready, set, Free File. IRS' online, no-cost tax preparation, e-filing option is available Friday, Jan. 15

Although the Internal Revenue Service won't start processing tax returns until Tuesday, Jan. 19, taxpayers eligible for Free File can start using that online option today. With Free File, the public-private partnership of the IRS and...Show More Summary

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie kills film & TV tax credits

It's Oscar nomination day! Let the arguments begin over who was properly recognized (yay Bryan Cranston for "Trumbo"), who was snubbed (Idris Elba and Johnny Depp both ignored!) and who surprised (yay again, this time for great film composer Carter Burwell) film fans and the industry by getting Academy Award nods. Show More Summary

Final 2015 estimated tax payment is due Friday, Jan. 15

I know all y'all are fixated on tonight's $1.5 billion Powerball drawing and that lottery jackpot's tax implications. But many of you -- including me! -- also must remember to meet the deadline for our final 2015 estimated tax payment. Show More Summary

Don't expect tax talk in Obama's final State of the Union

Sorry, fellow tax geeks, we're likely out of luck tonight. President Barack Obama probably won't talk much, if at all, about taxes in his valedictory State of the Union address. Click image for highlights of President Barack Obama's prior State of the Union addresses, plus Politico's preview of tonight's speech. Show More Summary

Would a cuddly mascot make the IRS lovable? Not to GOP Representatives still looking to impeach IRS Commissioner

When you say "mascot" to an American, we immediately think of the characters and creatures associated with sports teams. In Japan, however, mascots have more expansive, and official, roles. The Japanese are obsessed with mascots that...Show More Summary

24 top taxpayer problems of 2015 IRS electronic approach to customer service tops National Taxpayer Advocate's annual list

What's the biggest hassle, aside from complex tax laws, that you face in trying to do your taxes? The National Taxpayer Advocate believes it's the Internal Revenue Service's increasing efforts to make most taxpayer interaction interactive. Show More Summary

5 tax tips for lottery winners

A Lottery is a Taxation, Upon all the Fools in Creation; And Heav'n be prais'd, It is easily rais'd, Credulity's always in Fashion; For, Folly's a Fund, Will never lose Ground; While Fools are so rife in the Nation ~ Henry Fielding,Show More Summary

Tax brackets for 2015 filing, 2016 planning

Here's one of the fun things about taxes -- and no, I am not using "fun" and "taxes" in the same sentence because the 2016 filing season has already driven me to drink (that'll come later) -- you need to think about two tax years simultaneously. Show More Summary

Recently issued tax identity theft PINs are valid for 2015 filings despite wrong date in IRS letters to taxpayers

Taxpayers who've had their identities stolen use special six-digit Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers, or IP PINs, to file their returns. The IP PIN helps the Internal Revenue Service verify a taxpayer's identity and prevents someone else from falsely filing a tax return using the legitimate taxpayer's Social Security Number. Show More Summary

South Carolina online shoppers now must pay sales tax The Palmetto State is 27th in which Amazon collects state & local sales taxes from buyers

I hope you enjoyed your online holiday shopping spree last month, South Carolinians. Amazon is now collecting sales tax on products you order. Palmetto State shoppers have been buying from the online retail giant tax free since 2011....Show More Summary

Delayed state tax refunds Illinois, Louisiana & Utah because of tougher tax identity theft procedures

The 43 states that collect some type of income tax from their residents plan to follow the Internal Revenue Service schedule and start their 2016 tax-filing seasons on Jan. 19. But when it comes to refunds associated with 2015 filings, the federal and some state calendars diverge dramatically. Show More Summary

Seattle gun & ammo taxes drive gun seller out of town Local weapons taxes complement latest White House efforts to stem gun violence

I live in gun-crazy Texas. Some folks would say the word "gun" is unnecessary. I'm Lone Star State born and bred, but many days I agree with that disparaging assessment, more so now that we have full open carry of weapons. But for every Wild West wannabe piece of legislation, there are acts to try to counter gun violence across the country. Show More Summary

2016's first tax tip: Filing season starts on Jan. 19

So how's your first work day of 2016 going? I hate to add to the pile of stuff that you likely had to dig out of today, but I want to remind you that a new tax filing season will start in a few weeks. And with that day on the horizon, the ol' blog is kicking off its annual Daily Tax Tip feature. Show More Summary

6 reasons why a flat tax is not a good idea

A recent report on how the rich are able to take advantage of the U.S. tax code to keep their bills lower has (re)generated a lot of talk about replacing our current system. That's easier said than done, but lots is still being said about the options. Show More Summary

2 sets of twins born just minutes, but tax years, apart New Year's Eve/Day deliveries offers parents child-related tax breaks for 2015 & 2016

Twice the love, twice the early morning feedings and twice the tax breaks. That's what parents of twins can expect. And when the twins are born in different tax years, the earlier child's arrival provides tax breaks before mom and dad have to change a diaper. Show More Summary

Football + taxes = New Year's fun!

It's the favorite time of the year for college football and tax fans. Their worlds converge. As I type, the Georgia Bulldogs are whupping up on the Penn State Nittany Lions. OK, so the Pennsylvania fans aren't having fun. But tax geeks...Show More Summary

10 tax resolutions for 2016 + more January tax moves

Hello 2016! Some of us (not me) got up early to welcome you. Others (me, as you can tell from the posting time on this item) are still easing into this brand new year. But one thing that most of us soon will be doing, regardless of our post-New Year's Eve celebration energy level, is making New Year's resolutions. Show More Summary

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