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Don't ignore that IRS letter and nine other tax notice tips

You filed your tax return. Now the Internal Revenue Service has questions about your Form 1040. While hearing from the tax collector about your return is always a little unnerving, it doesn't necessarily have to be a big deal. A notice does not mean you are under audit. Show More Summary

Duck Dynasty's Louisiana state tax credits could be winged More bad news: no official A&E show renewal yet & Vegas musical flops

Things are not going so well right now for the bearded bunch of Duck Dynasty. As far as I can tell -- although I must admit I didn't search very long or hard as I don't watch the quasi-reality cable television show -- Duck Dynasty has yet to get an official renewal order from A&E for season eight. Show More Summary

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a tax collector!

Texas has been getting a lot of adverse attention of late, thanks to a group of overly-anxious wackadoodle folks, including some of our pandering elected officials, who have gone full Black Helicopter berserk about routine U.S. military training exercises. Show More Summary

A Mother's Day tax gift: 10 child care tax credit tips

Happy Mother's Day, not just to the women with children, but to those who help take care of the kids. I'm not just talking dads here, although fathers are much more involved in their children's lives now than they were a few generations ago. Show More Summary

U.S. on pace to lose record number of citizens to expatriation Many blame United States' territorial tax system for the population loss

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, the most Americans ever in one calendar quarter renounced their citizenship. The first quarter of 2015 report released by Treasury last week contained the names of 1,335 U.S. expatriates. That's a new quarterly record, handily surpassing the 1,130 who gave up their citizenship in the second quarter of 2013. Show More Summary

7 steps to take in appealing your home's appraised value Homeowners fight property valuations that mean big real estate tax bills

It's property appraisal time here in Central Texas. That means my social media feeds are filled with property tax complaints. I am right there with my neighbors in being upset with how much the Travis Country appraiser thinks our house is worth. Show More Summary

Tornadoes, tropical storm: Pick your spring weather poison Get ready for Mother Nature's worst, physically, financially & tax-wise

It's days like yesterday and today that make me wonder why we all look so forward to spring here in the United States. While the warmth is welcome after winter's persistent chill, spring also too often brings disasters. Tornadoes tore through the middle section of the country yesterday. Show More Summary

IRS issued $5.6 billion in erroneous education tax credits Bad credit news comes as college costs jump, school loans face problems

I count my blessings every single day. It takes a while because the list of things to be thankful for is long. One item on my good life inventory is that the hubby and I, aside from our mortgage, are debt free. Part of the reason for our relative financial freedom is planning and discipline. Show More Summary

Five small business tax tips for Cinco de Mayo

Despite the massive crazy that can be Texas -- we do like to do everything, good or bad, big! -- one thing I do love about the Lone Star State is its far-reaching history. Everyone knows that Texas once was an independent country. Texans like to make that clear to anyone who'll listen, and even those who've quit paying attention, all the time. Show More Summary

May the tax force be with you Also known as May Tax Moves to make

Happy May 4, the unofficial holiday of Star Wars geeks and punsters worldwide. I admit it. I've already intoned "May the 4th be with you" several times today, but I'm justified. I've always been a sci-fi fan. And I discovered more of...Show More Summary

Congress close to expanding tax help for college costs Senate follows House in expanding 529 savings plan options

The school year is winding down across most of the United States, but by the time classes resume in the fall, students and their parents could have some added help in paying for college costs. Students at the University of California at Berkeley, courtesy John Morgan via Flickr Creative Commons. Show More Summary

May 2: A big day for sports gamblers & those taking their bets Uncle Sam, however, once again will come up short on gambling taxes

It's a momentous time for sports fans. The National Hockey League and National Basketball Association are well into their annual championship playoffs. The race for the Triple Crown started today, with American American Pharoah (yes, the horse's name is officially misspelled) crossing the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby. Show More Summary

House bill would consider gym dues a medical tax deduction

It's May, the month of flowers fed by April showers, the start of the summer vacation season and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. I started off this May Day at a yoga sculpt class, which is a combination of yoga poses with hand weights. Show More Summary

Cleveland's jock tax method ruled illegal Ohio Supreme Court sides with former NFL players

Tonight belongs to future National Football League stars. The young men who will be selected during the NFL's annual players' draft in Chicago the evening of April 30 are looking forward to lucrative careers in America's most popular sports league. Show More Summary

Hungry? In some states you better have an appetite for taxes because your food purchases include state sales tax

The money saving advice to grocery shoppers is don't go to the market when you're hungry. Today, I found a blogging corollary. Eat before you write about taxes. I didn't get around to having lunch before participating in an early afternoon sales tax webinar. Show More Summary

'Dead' Michigan woman unable to file taxes, collect her refund

What's worse than going to file your federal tax return and discovering your identity has been stolen? Finding out you're dead. OK. Technically you're still with us if you're trying to file a 1040. But when you're as good as dead to Uncle Sam, you are out of luck in collecting your tax refund. Show More Summary

NFL surrenders its tax-exempt status

What once seemed like a tax Hail Mary pass doomed to fall short is now a game ending completion. The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which he called a "distraction." NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the change, which will take effect with the league's 2015 fiscal year, in a memo to the 32 NFL team owners. Show More Summary

Cancer survivor gets $19,000 tax bill for GoFundMe donations

As the sharing economy continues to grow, so do the associated tax problems. The Internal Revenue Service obviously is interested in folks who earn money using their autos as on-call car services or rent their homes to out-of-towners. Show More Summary

Virginia dumps tax refund debit cards for paper checks

Paper is sooooo 20th century. Even recycled paper has lost its cachet. Everything seems to be going digital. Except in Virginia. Specifically, in the Virginia Department of Taxation. The Old Dominion is going back to the future next year when it comes to state tax refunds. Show More Summary

Will Michigan voters raise the state sales tax to fix roads?

Here in Texas, especially the western part of the state where I grew up and communities are many miles apart, you get used to driving. So when roads start deteriorating, motorists tend to get irritated. The rage over road conditionsShow More Summary

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