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Looking at Pink Tax effects on International Women's Day

Today, March 8, is International Woman Day. In addition to recognizing women's contributions, some people in the United States also are participating in "A Day Without A Woman," asking women to stay home from work. Men and women shoppers often pay different prices for essentially similar products. Show More Summary

GOP gets tax reform head start by killing Obamacare taxes in its replacement health care plan

Republicans took a major step toward tax reform on Monday, March 6, with their health care replacement plan that kills more than a dozen Obamacare taxes. Donald Trump greets House Speaker Paul Ryan before the new president's first address on Feb. Show More Summary

Life changes that could affect your tax withholding

Most folks have their income taxes, both federal and state, withheld from their paychecks. While your employer (or, in many cases, the payroll company it hires) will take care of the amount that comes out each pay period, it's up to you to make sure it's correct. Show More Summary

S.C. woman uses federal tax refund to pay year's rent Most folks, though, should consider adjusting withholding to get tax money back year-round

Christina Knaack decided to use her federal tax refund the way many folks do. She paid for necessary living expenses. But the single mom from Gaffney, South Carolina, took her refund use to the next level. She paid for her full year's rent. Show More Summary

Tax refund recipients say they'll save, pay off debt

Most people get federal tax refunds. And for a lot of them, it's a substantial amount. Through February, the Internal Revenue Service says it issued more than 41 million refunds with the average check exceeding $3,000. So what are folks doing with that money? A couple of recent surveys found they are being practical. Show More Summary

'Love & Taxes' funny on screen, but not filing in real life is no laughing matter

Are you planning to catch up this weekend on some of this year's Academy Award winning movies you've yet to see? Me, too. But I'm also putting on my viewing list a newish flick, "Love & Taxes." Reel tax life: I'm not making this up. It's a real movie that, according to its website, is "a riveting comic tale of seven years of tax avoidance." OK. Show More Summary

IRS letter announcing latest private tax debt collection effort going out to affected taxpayers

Remember that assurance from the Internal Revenue Service that its agents never call you about an overdue tax bill. That's changing. A call from a bill collector can seem as terrifying as the one Drew Barrymore received in "Scream." Even worse? A collection agency call about an overdue IRS bill. Show More Summary

$1 billion awaiting taxpayers who didn't file 2013 returns

Could you use $763? The IRS could have that much or more just waiting for you. It's yours as long as you don't miss the 2013 tax return tax deadline. Photo by 401(k) 2012 courtesy Flickr Creative Commons Nope, that's not a typo. More...Show More Summary

IRS efforts to catch tax and other financial crooks hindered by budget cuts and investigator attrition

The Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation (CI) division is charged with putting tax and other financial crooks behind bars. That job has gotten tougher, according the man who heads the CI, primarily because of the loss of experienced agents. Show More Summary

Amazon collecting sales tax in 40 states & D.C.

Amazon's tax collection system expands on March 1 with Oklahoma and Wyoming joining the ever-growing list of locations where online customers will see sales tax added to their purchases. Photo by MikeBlogs via Flickr In February, five more states -- Mississippi, Missouri, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont, joined the Amazon sales tax list. Show More Summary

6 signs married couples should consider separate tax returns

Whenever I want to escape the crazy that is real life, I turn to the movies. Sometimes it's my favorite tax-themed films. Amanda Abbington and Martin Freeman, pictured here on the set of "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the show's title character behind them, have separated. Show More Summary

Coloradans hate the state's new 'tattletale' sales tax law, but it will take effect this summer

Sure, you're happy to tell your friends about the online bargains you get, but not so much your state's tax officials. That essentially will happen in Colorado this summer. But it won't be shoppers revealing their internet purchases....Show More Summary

Oscars, tax breaks and best tax-themed films

When the Academy Awards are handed out Sunday, Feb. 26, it's a good bet that most of the films already were tax winners. They used special tax breaks to help offset their sometimes enormous production costs. As of Jan. 1, all those credits will come from states. Show More Summary

Congressional investigations into Russia's hacking of presidential campaign could open up Trump tax returns

Donald Trump said during the presidential campaign that America's voters didn't care about his taxes. He wishes. After hearing from angry constituents during a town hall meeting on Feb. 23, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) now says the president should release his tax returns. Show More Summary

Religious freedom is not a valid tax evasion defense

Although separation of church and state is a key constitutional tenet in the operation of the United States government, God regularly plays an unofficial role at tax filing time. There are those folks who take his name in vain as they struggle with a particularly complex part of the tax code. Show More Summary

What will your bar tax bill be on Margarita Day 2017?

It's National Margarita Day! Each Feb. 22, the focus is on appreciating this popular tequila-based cocktail. I'm in Texas, specifically Austin, which is the drinking-est town I've ever lived in -- not judging, just observing! -- so truth be told today is no different from the other 364 here. Show More Summary

Most taxpayers get failing tax knowledge grades

The Internal Revenue Service would really, really like if all of us would use tax software to prepare and e-file our taxes. It even gives around 70 percent of files the chance to do so for free at the aptly named Free File section of the IRS website. Show More Summary

Looking for tax help in lots of online places

Working on your taxes this Presidents Day? You are most definitely not alone. The day following what officially is still just Washington's Birthday is typically the busiest day of the year for Internal Revenue Service phone reps, who usually field thousands of calls per hour on the third Tuesday of every February. Show More Summary

Watch out for the Dirty Dozen tax scams of 2017

Phishing. Phone scams. Identity theft. Unscrupulous tax preparers. Sound familiar? It should. Those illegal actions once again top the Internal Revenue Service's annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams. Today's tax con artists are the modern...Show More Summary

FEMA relief for victims of Golden State's January storms. Expect similar help for California's latest deadly weather

Mother Nature has had it in for California this year. On Valentine's Day, the Trump Administration approved federal assistance for deadly storms that in early January buried the Sierra Nevada in snow and inundated low-lying towns along the Sacramento and Russian Rivers. Show More Summary

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