Tax season is an annual American ritual. For many Americans, it brings the biggest influx of money all year, giving a much-needed boost to millions of families. Yet for Americans of all backgrounds, tax filing can be a stressful and confusing experience.
Many straight couples file their taxes under the burden of the "Marriage Penalty" and now same-sex couples -- like myself and my wife -- find ourselves in the same boat. We will be paying more taxes, and enjoying the resulting equality, with pride.
In this tax season marked by anxiety, my encounter with him forces me to pause. When I close that sliding glass door, I stop in wonder at his self-sufficiency and gratitude for the pieces of his life that remain intact.
So, you just got your tax refund in the mail. What are you going to do with it? Chances are you'll probably end up spending it on something you don't really need. Why not make your money work harder for you?
Every year the rules are different and other considerations related to filing your tax return and paying the least you can or getting the biggest refund you can are changing and constantly new and confusing, so like most taxpayers, you probably have a lot of questions.
Now is a good time to get ready to do your taxes. YES -- work on your taxes during this quality down time. Following are a few things to consider as you stay warm during this cold snap or the next or just to get started.
About 110 million taxpayers got a tax refund last year -- that is about three out of four filers or 75 percent of all taxpayers. A tax refund is a refund of your money -- getting it sooner is always better than getting it later.