Tax News

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...

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...

March 11, 2016 12:37 pm

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, which extended permanently or temporarily dozens of tax rules, impacts various breaks for education and educators. The changes affect 2015 r...

February 26, 2016 10:40 am

Even though 2015 has ended, there are still some actions you can take to reduce your tax bill for 2015.1. Contribute to a traditional IRAIf you have earned income from a job or self-employment...

February 12, 2016 12:22 pm

Keeping good records makes tax preparation easier and ensures that you claim every tax break to which you are entitled. It's not too late to get your records in order and be prepared for tax season. ...

January 29, 2016 10:23 am

If you are legally married, you must file a joint federal income tax return unless you choose to file separately. This rule applies to both opposite sex- and same-sex married persons. There are certai...

January 15, 2016 10:17 am

When you sell stocks, bonds, and mutual fund shares, your gain or loss depends on your basis in the securities. Keep in mind that the higher the basis, the lower the gain or greater the loss. Tax rule...

January 13, 2016 9:32 am

The IRS is often painted as the bad guy taking advantage of taxpayers. For the most part, IRS personnel act professionally in dealing with taxpayers. However, from time to time there are some bad appl...

December 29, 2015 10:16 am

Under the Affordable Care Act, every individual must have minimum essential health coverage or face a tax penalty unless eligible for an exemption. Now is the time to get ready for 2016 by checking yo...

December 9, 2015 10:10 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...

November 23, 2015 10:08 am

About three million postgraduate students were expected to enroll this year. As a rule, the cost of graduate school is very pricey. Some students can obtain fellowships and grants to defray some or al...

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Tax Glossary

Revocable trust

A trust that may be changed or terminated by its creator or another person. Such trusts do not provide an income tax savings to the creator.

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