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April 15, 2015, is deadline for unclaimed 2011 tax refunds

I can't imagine leaving my tax refund in Uncle Sam's hands for years. But then, I usually don't get a refund. Most taxpayers, however, do get at least some tax cash back every year. And every year, some folks don't claim what's theirs. Show More Summary

Unscrupulous tax pros + Obamacare = scammed taxpayers

If you didn't get acceptable Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, medical coverage last year and owe the health care law's shared responsibility payment, make sure it's being handled properly. The Internal Revenue Service is getting reports...Show More Summary

Friday the 13th tax tips to ward off investment tax scares

This second Friday the 13th of 2015 is pretty scary for folks with money in the stock market. With just about an hour left in the trading day, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 are all down. Sure, the drops are just fractional. And reasoned, dedicated investors know that markets fluctuate, sometimes wildly. Show More Summary

Old online sales tax bill resurrected in new Senate

One of the benefits of a do-nothing Congress, at least from lawmakers' perspective, is that all the uncompleted work offers easy starting points for "new" legislation. Look at tax reform. The current Senate Finance Committee essentially is using the tax code overhaul playbook established by members in the 113th Congress. Show More Summary

Senate tax writers want public suggestions for tax reform

Comprehensive, complete tax code rewrite? Not a good idea. It simply puts off the possible when it comes to improving our tax system. That's the word from Bruce Bartlett, who served in two Republican administrations, Ronald Reagan's and George H.W. Show More Summary

Tourists, students to act as tax spies for Greek government

About this time every tax season, I start wanting to take a vacation. Maybe this year I should take a busman's holiday to Greece. The financially struggling Mediterranean nation is seeking tourists to spy on the country's tax cheats....Show More Summary

Tax simplification is focus of yet another Capitol Hill hearing

While millions of us are still struggling with our annual tax filing, members of Congress are toying with the idea of making this annual task easier. Tuesday, March 10, the Senate Finance Committee will hold yet another hearing on the tax code. Show More Summary

Federal debt limit March 16 deadline showdown looms Treasury Secretary to begin 'extraordinary measures' on Friday, March 13

Next week should be fun. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says that unless Congress increases the federal debt ceiling, the country will hit its borrowing limit on Monday, March 16. That deadline day is this week's By the Numbers figure. Show More Summary

No day off for tax advice: March's first weekly tip round-up

Life. It just keeps keeping on (if we're lucky!). For most of us, our day-to-day activities fall into a predictable routine. Sometimes, though, the daily route detours. That's what happened yesterday, as the hubby had an unexpected day off. Show More Summary

Former IRS commissioner seeks presidency

Who do people dislike more than politicians? Internal Revenue Service employees. So what the heck is former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson thinking in making a run for the White House? Everson, addressing "Fellow Citizens of the United...Show More Summary

Tax identity thief mistakenly sends fake refund to real filer

Tax filing can be confusing and frustrating for most of us. Even criminals. Take the crook who stole Seth Rouse's personal information and filed fake federal and state tax returns in the legitimate Chicago taxpayer's name. The felonious filer, however, made a big mistake. Show More Summary

Alabama's GOP governor calls for - gasp! - new, higher taxes

I'm a native Texan who returned home almost 10 years ago and is still re-acclimating to the wackiness that is the Lone Star State. So far be it from me to pick on one of the other 49 or the District of Columbia. But I just have to ask today, what the heck is up Alabama? No, I'm not talking about the escalating battle over marriage equality. Show More Summary

Some Ohio taxpayers stumped by state's tax ID theft quiz

It's not unusual that the big news this filing season is the growing concern about tax identity theft as a way to get fraudulent refunds. But it is a bit surprising that the crime has spread so quickly and widely to state tax departments. Show More Summary

Jeb Bush reportedly won't sign no-tax pledge

Conventional political wisdom is that no candidate can win by supporting new or higher taxes. In fact, office seekers tend to disavow any hint of enacting new taxes or hiking existing levies regardless of how the money will be used. Jeb Bush, however, apparently plans to take the unconventional route if he eventually decides to run for president. Show More Summary

Lions, lambs, warning Ides and luck all apply to March taxes

Are you a tax lion, aggressively hunting down tax breaks? Or are you a tax lamb, cowering before the complicated Internal Revenue Code? Whatever your March tax persona, this last full month of the tax-filing season offers plenty of time and ways to cut your 2014 tax bill. Show More Summary

IRS offers appointments at 10 Taxpayer Assistance Centers

In an effort to speed up things for folks visiting some Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs), the agency began on Feb. 23 offering appointments. You can set up a specific time -- the links below will offer details...Show More Summary

Which is better, a big refund or more money throughout the year? Payroll tax withholding tweaks let you make the choice

February sure lived up to its status as the shortest month of the year. We got to the end of it, and the potential tax moves to make, so dang quickly. Today means we're almost halfway through with the 2015 tax filing season, which officially began on Jan. Show More Summary

Survey says tax refunds going into savings, paying off debt

Who loves tax season more than the Internal Revenue Service? Retailers. Flush with cash that Uncle Sam has been collecting from paychecks all year, Americans take their tax refunds and head out to stores. Or maybe not. The results of a new poll look like they might dampen the anticipation of many shop owners. Show More Summary

More forgiving IRS to waive some bad 1095-A tax penalties

A kinder, gentler Internal Revenue Service was born back in 1998 when the IRS Restructuring & Reform Act was enacted. Now the Affordable Care Act appears to have given us the forgiving IRS. Premium tax credit considerations: EarlierShow More Summary

New York city, state lawmakers seek pet adoption tax credit

Two months ago lots of families got pets as Christmas gifts. Now, many of those puppies and kittens and other would-be furry friends are, sadly, bunking at animal shelters … or tragically worse. Some New York lawmakers think a tax change could help get those and other pets abandoned year-round into new homes. Show More Summary

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