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When Should Married Couples Check 'Married, Filing Separately'?

Julian Block | Posted 03.30.2016 | Business
Julian Block

Whatever a couple's reasons for avoiding tax togetherness, the two of them may be in for an unpleasant and expensive surprise when filing time rolls around.

Queen of Mean Stays in the News

Julian Block | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Julian Block

The Internal Revenue Code includes provisions that impose severe punishments for criminal offenses, such as intentional attempts to evade income taxes...

Save your family money on your taxes with these tax tricks

Julian Block | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Julian Block

Nail down bad debt deductions for loans to friends and family. These being the troublesome times they are, friends or relatives who are strapped for f...

Tax Reminders for Couples Contemplating Tying the Knot -- Again

Julian Block | Posted 02.26.2016 | Divorce
Julian Block

As an attorney and author who has written and lectured extensively about the tax aspects of marriage and divorce, I frequently receive questions from couples contemplating marriage.

2016 Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.22.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are a number of factors that affect whether or not you need to file a federal income tax return this year including how much you earned last year (in 2015), and the source of that income, as well as your age and filing status.

How Your Tax Returns Can Uncover Hidden Divorce Assets

Julian Block | Posted 02.15.2016 | Divorce
Julian Block

Divorce expenses can soar, especially when spouses start suspecting each other of hiding property. Consider what happens when wives or husbands hire private investigators to track down assets concealed by their future exes.

Here's What Animal Rescue Volunteers Can Write Off at Tax Time

Julian Block | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
Julian Block

Millions of individuals volunteer to help raise funds or perform other tasks on behalf of charitable organizations like religious groups, schools and ...

Can Strippers Deduct Breast Implants?

Julian Block | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Julian Block

Just because you incur expenses for business reasons doesn't mean that they automatically qualify as deductible. The Internal Revenue Code stipulates ...

Why Home Seller Who Suffers a Loss Won't Get a Tax Break

Julian Block | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Julian Block

What if your employer reimburses you for the loss? No offset of an otherwise nondeductible loss against the reimbursement, because they're separate transactions. The loss stays nondeductible. Nor is it permissible to include the reimbursement as part of the selling price and avail yourself of the exclusion.

Bad Debt Deductions for Worthless Loans to Spouses

Julian Block | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Julian Block

These being the times they are, you may be tapped for loans by relatives or friends who are unable to come up with the down payment for a home or who ...

A Dilemma for Stock Market Investors: Sell or Sweat

Julian Block | Posted 01.26.2016 | Business
Julian Block

The rules for capital gains are tricky. Let's start with the basics.

Making a Household Inventory List Can Save Time and Money

Julian Block | Posted 01.05.2016 | Money
Julian Block

Did you know that the tax code allows you to claim tax deductions for household damage caused by thefts, vandalism, fires, floods, hurricanes and others kinds of casualties? But the law imposes several restrictions.

Deduct Business Suits? Forget It

Julian Block | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Julian Block

Paying the shirt off your back at tax time? Don't count on a deduction for what you wear to work from what you make at work.

How to Take a Tax Deduction for Protecting Your Good Name

Julian Block | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Julian Block

And when it comes to your reputation, the line between business and personal is thin indeed. What controls the outcome are the particular circumstances.

Why This Cold War Tale of Tax Fraud Was Never Solved

Julian Block | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Julian Block

Recent revelations that the FBI and CIA used at least 1,000 ex-Nazis as spies after World War II, in Europe and the United States, made me think about...

Here's How to Steer Clear of the Mutual Fund Tax Trap

Julian Block | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business
Julian Block

Plan ahead before you buy some shares in a stock mutual fund near year end, when the fund is about to pay a dividend.

Why You Should Donate Appreciated Assets to Your Favorite Charities

Julian Block | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Julian Block

When we contribute to our favorite causes, most of us go the easiest, most familiar route and simply write checks or use credit cards. We receive inco...

A Few Year-End Reminders for Dependency Exemptions

Julian Block | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Julian Block

Do you support one or both of your parents? Now is the time to nail down dependency exemptions for them. For 2015, you can claim an exemption of $4,0...

Tax Words to the Wise for LGBT Couples at Year's End

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

Whether you've been together for years or decades (or 10 minutes), 2015 taxes will be the first time many LGBT couples will be filing jointly on their federal and state returns because -- cue the trumpets -- we're married now.

Tax-timing a Marriage or Divorce

Julian Block | Posted 12.07.2015 | Divorce
Julian Block

As part of your tax planning, you need to consider an expected change in your filing statue for this year or next.

Fees for Divorce Mediators and Matrimonial Attorneys: What's Deductible

Julian Block | Posted 12.04.2015 | Divorce
Julian Block

The IRS generally says "no" to tax deductions that might ease the pain of divorce. The agency has no sympathy for payments to mediators or litigators and other costs associated with a divorce. It characterizes those outlays as nondeductible personal expenses.

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.26.2015 | HuffPost Home
Nathaniel Sillin

Many of us don't recognize the clutter we have in our homes. However, buyers do. Real estate professionals can offer valuable feedback on the overall condition and salability of a property, and removing clutter can make properties seem more spacious.

5 Tax Myths That Can Cost You

Credit.com | Posted 04.22.2015 | Money
Credit.com

Tax myths are a lot like a bad date. They are annoying and seem to last forever. Yet people have beliefs about income taxes that have no basis in reality. Were it not for the potential financial costs, some of these might be amusing. But if you believe them and act upon them, they can cost you serious money.

What Married Taxpayers Lose By Filing Separately

Betterment.com | Posted 04.20.2015 | Money
Betterment.com

For all married couples, there is an annual choice to make when selecting your filing status: married filing jointly (MFJ) or married filing separately (MFS)? As with most tax-related questions, the answer is that it depends.

This Year, Don't Make Resolutions -- Create Habits

Betterment.com | Posted 02.14.2015 | Money
Betterment.com

This is the year you're going to crush your resolutions. You're going to exercise five days a week, cut back on greasy foods, and save more -- a lot more -- money. You're going to feel motivated the whole time, so it will be simple. It's just a matter of adhering to your mission. Mind over matter. Right? Wrong.