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1.8 million must file 1040s ASAP to get ACA APTC benefits

If you thought the Supreme Court's OK back in June of all Obamacare tax subsidies, whether issued by the federal or state insurance marketplaces, settled things as far as the national health care law goes, think again. The Affordable...Show More Summary

13 state sales tax holidays on tap this weekend

This weekend is prime sales tax holiday season. Shoppers in 13 states will get a chance to trade beach bags for backpacks as part of the popular back-to-school tax-free events. Nine 3-day holidays: Starting today, Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. Show More Summary

GOP debate(s) and drinking games tonight!

The Republicans who want to sit in the Oval Office in 2017 and beyond are gathered in Cleveland, Ohio, for tonight's first, and I use this term very loosely, debate. As everyone knows by now, the star of this quasi-reality show being broadcast at 9 p.m. Show More Summary

Former IRS chief left out of GOP debates, files FEC complaint

Mark Everson served as Internal Revenue Service commissioner from 2003 to 2007. Before that appointment by George W. Bush, he served in the Reagan Administration, as well as headed two Indiana state agencies, the Department of Administration and Department of Workforce Development. Show More Summary

Latest tax scam arrives as fake snail-mailed IRS letters

Tax identity thieves are quick studies. They've been listening to the Internal Revenue Service warn us that the tax agency will not send e-mails or call us to discuss tax problems. Instead, notes the IRS, it always contacts taxpayers first via old-fashioned snail-mailed letters. Show More Summary

Form 1098-T will be needed to claim education tax breaks Third-party verification is part of new trade bills' tax law changes

2015 was supposed to be the year of tax reform, specifically simplification of our complicated tax code. Instead, Congress has been tucking tax provisions into recently enacted pieces of non-tax legislation. The most recent was the Surface...Show More Summary

Cool tax moves to make during August's hot Dog Days

And here we are, into August. School will start in some places this month. Elsewhere, folks are sneaking in one final vacation trip. Regardless of whether you're packing the kiddos' lunches or packing for a final seasonal jaunt, you're probably just trying to stay cool during these Dog Days of summer. Show More Summary

FairTax petition fails to get White House meeting

More than 32,000 people petitioned the White House asking the president to take an hour to talk with conservative talk-show host and author Neal Boortz about the FairTax plan (yes, it's referred to as one word). The request was posted Jan. Show More Summary

More Alaskan cities are taxing cigarettes

From a tax standpoint, Alaska is a pretty cool location. The Last Frontier doesn't collect any individual income tax. It also doesn't have a state sales tax. Local Alaskan governments, however, do have the option to collect sales and other taxes. Show More Summary

Highway bill drives home some new tax laws

The highway funding bill that President Obama signed today may be short-term (money runs out again on Oct. 29) when it comes to providing money for roads and infrastructure, but it will have some lasting tax effects. Here are some of the tax highlights from the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015. Show More Summary

U.S. telephone tax scam crosses border into Canada

Americans and Canadians share a lot of things. There's the coast-to-coast border. There are National Hockey League teams. There's even a common language, or two for French-speaking residents in both countries. We do not, however, share the same tax system. Show More Summary

17 states hold sales tax holidays in summer of 2015 Massachusetts lawmakers working on making it 18 states

Hello, Cleveland and the rest of the Buckeye State. Welcome to the state sales tax holiday fraternity. Ohio will hold its first-ever tax holiday next weekend, Aug. 7-9. Like many others, it's aimed at back-to-school shoppers and offers tax savings on certain clothing and school supplies. Show More Summary

IRS commissioner ready to take on those who want him fired

"I apologize for not being able to take all your questions, but I have a flight to catch. I have friends waiting for me in Washington. In case you didn't notice, a handful of them think we need a new commissioner. I don't want to disappoint...Show More Summary

House Oversight panel wants IRS commissioner fired

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen apparently was a bit too optimistic a few months ago when he declared his agency had turned a corner when it came to the problems it had encountered. IRS chief John Koskinen at one of his many appearances before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Show More Summary

Sloshing through swimming pool tax deduction rules

It's summer. Not to overstate the obvious, that means it's hot, hot, hot. It also means that pool contractors are making out like bandits, at least here in my Austin neighborhood. This time every year, the backhoes and dump trucks and cement mixers form a regular parade. Show More Summary

Star scientists prefer low-tax states

Those of us who constructed nine-planet models of our solar system for grade school science projects have been in space geek heaven these last couple of weeks. Pluto, which was demoted from planet to dwarf planet status, has been the recent focus of scientists and the space-loving public. Show More Summary

Cross-border tax inspectors give tax cheats no place to hide

You can't blame tax cheats if one of Martha and the Vandellas' biggest hits has been playing on a loop in their heads of late. Thanks to a new global effort, tax evaders will have nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide. Crossing bordersShow More Summary

Court says travel websites must pay D.C. $61 million in taxes

A tax battle between the nation's capital and seven online travel companies has ended with the websites being ordered to pay almost $61 million in sales taxes. The taxes, which apply to Washington, D.C., hotel rooms booked from 1998 to 2010, could be the largest tax settlement ever paid to the District of Columbia government. Show More Summary

Private tax debt collectors are Highway Trust Fund passengers

Look out. Some hitchhiking private tax debt collectors could stall the Highway Trust Fund, which already is running on fumes. Claudette Colbert shows Clark Gable how to catch a ride in the classic film It Happened One Night. Their characters...Show More Summary

Rand Paul 'kills' tax code with chainsaw, fire & woodchipper

The hubby and I have a deal. Klutzy Kay doesn't get on a ladder when he's not home and he doesn't use power tools when I'm out of the house. That way we can serve as emergency room drivers for each other if, God forbid, the need ever be. Show More Summary

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