May 26, 2016 11:43 am

Gambling—legal and illegal—is widespread. For example, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, it is estimated that 56.8 million people in the U.S. and Canada participated in fantasy fo...

May 26, 2016 11:11 am

No, there is no netting or income averaging for capital gains and losses that occurred in different years. You must report last year's gain, which can only be offset by last year's capital losses, plu...

May 26, 2016 11:07 am

This is a perennial tax question. Usually filing jointly saves a couple taxes. And joint filing is required in order to use certain tax breaks. However, there are instances where filing separately mak...

May 17, 2016 11:23 am

If you work, you can contribute to a Roth IRA, but only if your modified adjusted gross income is below set limits. What happens if you contributed to a Roth IRA during 2015 (for the 2016 tax year) bu...

May 17, 2016 11:03 am

Gain on the sale of Section 1202 stock, which is qualified small business stock, is not fully taxable. This is because there's an exclusion of gain for stock held more than five years. Assuming you sa...

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May 26, 2016 11:43 am

Gambling—legal and illegal—is widespread. For example, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, it is estimated that 56.8 million people in the U.S. and Canada participated in fantasy fo...

May 17, 2016 11:23 am

If you work, you can contribute to a Roth IRA, but only if your modified adjusted gross income is below set limits. What happens if you contributed to a Roth IRA during 2015 (for the 2016 tax year) bu...

April 22, 2016 11:07 am

As you file your 2015 income tax return, you may find that the government owes you money. Last year (2014 returns filed in 2015), the average refund amount was more than $2,800. Here's what you shoul...

April 11, 2016 12:51 pm

Things don't always go as expected. Storms, thefts, injuries, and other unexpected events wreak havoc with financial plans. Fortunately, the tax law provides some relief in the form of deductions, exc...

March 25, 2016 12:45 pm

It is often said that timing is everything. When it comes to the submission of tax returns, Tax Court petitions, and other time-sensitive tax actions, this statement is true because they must be compl...

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December 9, 2015 10:12 am

There are about $173 billion in U.S. savings bonds outstanding. This makes this type of investment one of the largest assets held by individuals. Savings bonds enjoy certain special tax treatment. Her...

December 2, 2014 8:30 am

A new tax year is set to dawn shortly and recently released cost-of-living adjustments can help you plan for 2015. Due to low inflation, increases in the tax brackets and other tax items are minimal; ...

November 18, 2014 8:30 am

This year has been a bumpy ride on Wall Street, with dramatic swings up and down. Now is a good time to review your retirement account and your personal portfolio. While changes you make in your retir...

November 4, 2014 8:30 am

Medicare is a government health program primarily for the 49 million Americans age 65 and older. Those covered by Medicare are deemed to have minimum essential health coverage as required by the Affor...

October 21, 2014 8:30 am

Concerned about care if you should experience a chronic condition or just old age requiring assistance for your daily living activities? You should be, because the cost of long-term care—in your hom...

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May 26, 2016 11:11 am

No, there is no netting or income averaging for capital gains and losses that occurred in different years. You must report last year's gain, which can only be offset by last year's capital losses, plu...

May 26, 2016 11:07 am

This is a perennial tax question. Usually filing jointly saves a couple taxes. And joint filing is required in order to use certain tax breaks. However, there are instances where filing separately mak...

May 17, 2016 11:03 am

Gain on the sale of Section 1202 stock, which is qualified small business stock, is not fully taxable. This is because there's an exclusion of gain for stock held more than five years. Assuming you sa...

May 17, 2016 10:59 am

A second home that you used for personal purposes (i.e., not as a rental property) is a personal asset. As such, loss on the sale of a second home is not tax deductible. However, if you received Form ...

April 22, 2016 11:55 am

There are various strategies that can be used by someone with a job to avoid paying estimated taxes with respect to income not subject to withholding. Some strategies include:Increasing withholdi...

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May 22, 2012 1:24 pm
IRS Announces More Flexible Offier-in-Compromise Terms to Help a Greater Number of Struggling Taxpayers Make a Fresh Start, From IRS.gov, 5/21/12
April 23, 2012 10:21 am
Federal Circuit dismisses refund suit based on all-zero returns, From Journal of Accountancy, 4/20/12
April 18, 2012 10:17 am
What's the Most Ridiculous Thing You've Heard This Tax Season?, From CPATrendlines, 4/16/12
April 17, 2012 10:48 am
Celebrities are often in debt to the tax man, From USA Today, 4/17/12
April 11, 2012 11:03 am
Study finds tax deadline day can be deadly on roads, From Foxnews.com, 4/10/12
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