Tax News

March 17, 2017 9:18 am

The U.S. Treasury may be holding tax dollars that are owed to you. Unless you file for a refund, you won't get the money; the government doesn't voluntarily send it to you. Here are some situations in...

February 24, 2017 8:00 am

There are many tax breaks that you may take if you have a qualifying child. Unfortunately, there is no single definition for all of these tax breaks. Here are the different definitions; you may be eli...

February 10, 2017 9:00 am

While home ownership in the U.S. is at historic lows (only 63.5% in the third quarter of 2016), there are still millions of individuals who own their own homes. Well, they don't necessarily own them o...

January 27, 2017 9:00 am

As you file your 2016 return, there are some new considerations. Here are 5 things you need to know.1. Key dates for the filing seasonMark your calendar for important dates impacting your 2016...

December 30, 2016 10:37 am

In the course of a marital dissolution, spouses may divvy up their financial assets. Some may take the form of property settlements, which are tax-free events, or alimony, which is taxable to the reci...

December 16, 2016 1:00 pm

The stock market has been up for the year and the real estate market is solid in many parts of the country. Between now and New Year's Eve, you may want to take actions—buying and selling—to impro...

December 2, 2016 1:40 pm

Your 2015 and 2016 income tax returns have been filed, but you now discover an error. You forgot to take a write-off you were entitled to, made a math mistake, omitted an item of income, or failed to ...

November 18, 2016 8:30 am

The Affordable Care Act requires every individual not exempt from the law to have minimum essential health coverage or pay a penalty. The penalty amount for lacking coverage in 2016 is substantial and...

November 4, 2016 9:44 am

While the rate of home ownership is still down, the value of homes has improved. The real estate market in some areas is booming, due to a recovering economy, low mortgage rates, and other factors. Fr...

October 14, 2016 11:08 am

Identity theft (ID) is rampant. Edith Ramirez, the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is the lead federal agency combating identity theft, said earlier this year that tax refund f...

September 30, 2016 9:01 am

When married persons file joint tax returns, they are jointly and severally liable for the tax, interest, and penalties on that return. This means the IRS can seek recovery of the full amount from eit...

September 16, 2016 12:29 pm

As summer winds down, students head back to school.1. Check eligibility for an education creditIf you, your spouse, or dependent is attending college or graduate school starting this Fall, you...

September 2, 2016 12:07 pm

If you need money, turning first to those you know is a common practice. You don't have to fill out forms or pass credit tests to obtain the funds you need if your family and friends can afford to hel...

August 19, 2016 11:59 am

It's summertime and many families are using vacation homes for relaxation. However, this isn't true for everyone. If you own a second home and are no longer content to use it only occasionally for you...

August 5, 2016 4:04 pm

If you or your family has an illness or other medical condition, taxes are the last thing on your mind. However, you may be eligible for a number of tax breaks that may be helpful for your family....

July 22, 2016 3:48 pm

For federal estate tax purposes, an estate tax return is required to be filed if the value of the estate on the date of death exceeds the exclusion amount (e.g., $5.45 million for someone dying in 201...

July 8, 2016 9:32 am

Now that you've completed your 2015 tax return, take time to review the experience so you can improve your tax filing next year. Actions you take now can reduce your stress, minimize your tax payments...

June 24, 2016 10:59 am

Your federal income taxes are the basis on which you can obtain student loans, get a mortgage, or obtain financing for a small business. Depending on the reason for the information, you may need to fu...

June 10, 2016 11:59 am

Tax-related identity theft results when someone uses your Social Security number to file a tax return and obtain bogus refunds. When a return is filed under your name, the processing of your return is...

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...

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