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Federal Taxes Are Very Progressive

Tax Vox: Federal Taxes Are Very Progressive, by Robertson Williams: The US federal tax system is highly progressive, primarily because individual income tax rates rise sharply with income and refundable tax credits lead to negative income taxes for households with low income. Updated estimates from the Tax Policy Center project...

Why Federal Taxes Are Progressive

The US federal tax system is highly, primarily because individual income tax rates rise sharply with income and refundable tax credits lead to negative income for households with low income. Updated estimates from the Tax Policy Center project that effective federal tax rates this year will range from 3.5 percent for households in the lowest-income quintile […]

Federal Taxes Are Very Progressive

The US federal tax system is highly progressive, primarily because individual income tax rates rise sharply with income and refundable tax credits lead to negative...

'Harry Potter' Star Rupert Grint Loses $1.3 Million Tax Refund Case

Rupert Grint is about to be short $1.3 million, after a dispute over his taxes, according to E! News. The 27-year-old Harry Potter actor will be forced to pay the hefty fee after a judge ruled that he changed some of his accounting dates to shield his earnings from a high tax rate. Rupert reportedly [...]

How to Claim a Tax Refund on the Stuff You Buy in Europe and More

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading How to Claim a Tax Refund on the Stuff You Buy in Europe and More...

American Airlines Will Refund Overcharged Award Taxes

The UK has a departure tax ('Airline Passenger Duty') that's high in coach and higher still in premium cabins, and is often referred to as a 'premium cabin departure tax' or 'luxury tax'. One improvement, implemented a little over a year and a half ago, is that children under 12 flying economy no longer pay this tax. Show More Summary

Why You Shouldn't Use Your Tax Refund To Pay Off Your HECS Debt

For many young Australians, their annual tax return is an opportunity for extra spending, while some prefer to use their returns to pay off their HECS-HELP debt. Given this is a popular use of tax refund, it is worth tackling the question:...Show More Summary

Hayashi:The Effects Of Refund Anticipation Loans On Tax Filing And EITC Takeup

Andrew Hayashi (Virginia), The Effects of Refund Anticipation Loans on Tax Filing and EITC Takeup: The IRS has an uneasy relationship with tax return preparers. Preparers may ease the tax filing process and improve take-up of benefits like the earned income tax credit (EITC); however, preparers also profit from financial...

GAO:IRS's 30% Error Rate With Refundable Tax Credits Results In $30 Billion In Annual Erroneous Payments

Government Accountability Office, Refundable Tax Credits: Comprehensive Compliance Strategy and Expanded Use of Data Could Strengthen IRS's Efforts to Address Noncompliance (GAO- 16-475): The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) provide tax benefits to millions of taxpayers—many of...

Hundreds Of Churches Offer 90-Day Money-Back Guarantees On Tithing

Following up on my previous posts (links below) about taxes and tithing: Christianity Today, When Tithing Comes With a Money-Back Guarantee: This month, hundreds of Christians at a South Carolina megachurch can request a refund on all the money they’ve given since March. NewSpring Church, led by pastor Perry Noble,...

$3.1 billion – at least — lost in bogus tax refunds to ID thieves in 2014

Even during this era of cyber-insecurity, here’s a chilling figure: 3.1 billion. That’s the number of dollars the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) paid in bogus tax refunds in 2014 because of identity theft refund fraud, according to the Government Accountability Office. The IRS has a Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP) that sounds like it should provide […]

Accio! Harry Potter Star Rupert Grint Hopes To Summon £1m Tax Refund

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is in court seeking a refund worth approximately £1 million ($1.33 million U.S.) as part of a tax dispute.

IRS Stopped $1.1 Billion In Fraudulent Refunds In 2016 Due To Increased Focus On Security

From January through April 2016, the IRS stopped $1.1 billion in fraudulent refunds claimed by identity thieves on more than 171,000 tax returns, a nearly 50% boost from last year's dollars, announced IRS Commissioner John Koskinen today at a Security Summit update. Show More Summary

IRS stopped $1.1 billion in fraudulent refunds this year More 'under the hood' taxpayer security enhancements planned for 2017 filing season

Taxpayer security, despite some recent issues, actually is improving. That's the word from the Internal Revenue Service and its private sector Security Summit partners Tax crooks tried to claim $1.1 billion in fraudulent refunds on 171,000 returns this latest main tax-filing season, the IRS announced at a press conference this morning. Show More Summary

Feld:Federal Taxation Of State Tax Credits

Alan Feld (Boston University), Federal Taxation of State Tax Credits, 151 Tax Notes 1243 (May 30, 2016): This article analyzes the Federal income tax treatment of state incentive tax credits. It considers whether and when refundable credits should be included in income and discusses their appropriate character as capital gain...

Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

You wanted Brexit news, tax refunds on the ATO’s hit list and 40 delicious cheeseburger recipes. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week: More »      

Lunch Links: PA Gov Drops Tax Plans; Alaska Legislature to Meet Again; NC Couple Stole Tax Refunds from 300 People

Today is June 22, the date in 1936 when the U.S. first adopted a graduated corporate income tax. Unlike individual income taxes, a progressive corporate income tax doesn’t make much sense. The tax is paid in some combination by shareholders,...Show More Summary

This 'Star Wars' superfan blew his $400 tax refund on glamour shots with the cast

By the time he was 18, James Calabrese helped teach a world history class at his high school that intertwined "Star Wars" canon and philosophy into reality. So, it should surprise no one that Calabrese later blew his tax refund on photos...Show More Summary

Why 'Instant' Tax Refunds Are A Terrible Idea

As tax time looms closer, online ads spruiking an “instant” or “same day” tax refund have likely caught your attention. (After all, when it comes to cash reimbursements, now is usually better than later.) However, the truth is that many so-called “same day tax refunds” are anything but. Show More Summary

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