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Blog Profile / Don't Mess With Taxes

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Archived Since:September 28, 2008

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Labor Day weekend fun with college football, racing & taxes

What do college football and professional auto racing have in common this Labor Day holiday weekend? Taxes. But not like you think. JR Motorsports' #7 vehicle sports a new TaxSlayer Bowl paint scheme for tonight's NASCAR Nationwide series race in Atlanta. Show More Summary

'Moral' tax filing wraps up IRS Orlando Tax Forum

Well that was fun. Nineteen tax seminars in a little more than two and a half days. I've parceled out a few Nationwide Tax Forum tidbits, both here at the ol' blog and over at Bankrate Taxes Blog, while I've been in Orlando this week. Show More Summary

5 signs that an 'IRS' caller is a crook

A friend called me last week, freaking out about a telephone voice mail message she had received. An Internal Revenue Service agent was demanding she pay her tax bill or face dire consequences. She was particularly upset because she had just cleared up some old tax issues with Uncle Sam. Show More Summary

IRS Orlando tax forum day 2: Health care, humor and tunes

Hello New Orleans! I mean, hello Orlando! That geographic confusion reminiscent of Spinal Tap happened at day two of the Internal Revenue Service Nationwide Tax Forum in, you got it, the House of Mouse land. Yep, everyone, including presenters are finding themselves a bit overloaded, occasionally flummoxed and feeling a bit dislocated. Show More Summary

Be tax smart in combining business and personal travel

I'm on a business trip this week in Orlando, attending the Internal Revenue Service's final Nationwide Tax Forum of 2014. The hubby and I have been here many times on pleasure travel. You're right, we have no kids, but we're kids at heart. Show More Summary

Some initial observations from Tax Forum 2014 in Orlando

I'm back in Florida this week for the Internal Revenue Service Nationwide Tax Forum in Orlando. It's a bit of a homecoming. My very first tax forum was here in 2000 when we lived in Palm Beach Gardens. I try to attend at least one continuing education tax conference, either run by the IRS or by one of the tax professional organizations. Show More Summary

IRS, betting that expired state and local sales tax deduction will be renewed, hires firm to calculate Schedule A tables

This work week, I'm in Florida, a place the hubby and I lived for six years and one of the seven states without a personal income tax on wages. I came here from Texas, another no-income tax state. My current and former neighbors in both...Show More Summary

Coverdell Education Savings Account's pre-college options

Ways to pay for college get lots of attention. But if your kids are younger, there's also a tax-saving way to pay for the many educational expenses that pop up during grades K-12. With a Coverdell Education Savings Account, or ESA, you can put up to $2,000 a year into a separate account for each kid. Show More Summary

Northern California rocked by major earthquake

Mother Nature's angry reach is wide and too often simultaneous. That's the case this weekend. While residents in the Southeastern United States were keeping an eye on what has become Tropical Storm Cristobal, some 3,000 miles diagonally away Northern Californians are reeling from a major temblor. Show More Summary

Heading into the tropical storm...maybe

Next week I'll be at the final Internal Revenue Service Nationwide Tax Forum of the year. Guess where it is? Orlando, Florida. Guess what might hit Florida? A tropical storm system. Yep, those are the potential paths (courtesy of South...Show More Summary

Massachusetts unemployment overpayment calls are legit, but other telephone contacts across the country are tax scams

Being unemployed not by your own choice is no fun. At least unemployment benefits help many folks make it through the rough patch. But if the payments were wrong, then a whole set of other problems arise. That's the case in Massachusetts. Show More Summary

6 signs it's time for married couples to reconsider their federal joint or separate tax-filing options

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are on trial, facing charges of taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from Star Scientific in exchange for promoting the firm's dietary supplements. But the former first couple of the Old Dominion has more than just legal and political troubles. Show More Summary

How does the U.S. corporate tax rate compare to other countries?

Companies turn to tax inversions to take advantage of lower rates elsewhere. Exactly where and how much lower? You can find out via the Tax Foundation's new interactive map of worldwide corporate income tax rates. Click on the image above to go to the Tax Foundation's interactive corporate tax map. Show More Summary

Is it time for territorial taxation of businesses and individuals?

The biggest complaint about the U.S. tax system is that it gives Uncle Sam too much of our money. There are lots of contenders for the next biggest tax complaint. One, however, is getting special attention right now. It's the dissatisfaction with the Internal Revenue Code's worldwide reach. Show More Summary

Pot tourism's potential tax payoff for states with legal weed

Colorado collected around $12 million in taxes from the sale of recreational marijuana in the first six months of the year. That amount is substantially less than what the pro-pot contingent advertised when the measure went before voters. Show More Summary

Elvis estate seeks tax breaks for Graceland expansion

Thirty-seven years ago the musical world was in shocked mourning. Just a day earlier, Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Aaron Presley had died. Many people can still tell you where they were on that Tuesday afternoon more than three decades ago when they got the news that the King was dead. Show More Summary

Connecticut, Massachusetts tax holidays start this weekend

August is half over. You know what that means. The final late-summer sales tax holidays are here. It once again took Massachusetts lawmakers a while to hammer out that state's tax holiday, but they finally agreed that Bay State shoppers can hunt for tax-free deals this weekend, Saturday, Aug. Show More Summary

Would you trust your taxes to a robot?

Most of the folks who participated in Pew Research Center's 2014 Future of the Internet canvass said they expect robotics and artificial intelligence, or AI, will permeate much of our daily lives by 2025. If that prediction is accurate...Show More Summary

California tax deduction bill aimed at former NBA owner Donald Sterling advances

The NBA is done with Donald Sterling. The California tax collector, however, might still have an interest in some of Sterling's NBA-related expenses. A California court this week approved former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's $2 billion bid for the Los Angeles Clippers. Show More Summary

School's back. So are some, but not all, education tax breaks

If school hasn't started in your area yet, it soon will. For many families, classes resume at college. And with higher education costs going up every year, students and their parents who help foot most of or the entire school bill are always on the lookout for any available assistance. Show More Summary

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