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Common Mistakes Small Businesses Make on Tax Returns That May Lead to Missed Tax Benefits

Mark Steber | Posted 08.27.2013 | Small Business
Mark Steber

It is not a best practice to try to do everything yourself -- even in the short time of start-up or beginning a business. The chances are good that you need the expert services of a local small business in areas such as marketing, bookkeeping, law, and taxes.

It's Not Just the IRS: States Target Taxpayers Too!

David Seiden | Posted 08.21.2013 | Business
David Seiden

In addition to identifying new businesses to audit, states have increased audit efforts in tax areas that had previously not been identified for an audit, including use tax, employment tax, and unclaimed property.

The California Bill That Leaves Injured Workers to Fend for Themselves

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

We shouldn't tolerate sports team owners taking a page from Walmart's playbook to increase their profits at the expense of workers and taxpayers.

An IRS With Integrity: Will This Be the Dawn of Another New Era?

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

Will today mark the dawning of another new era? Or will Congress miss the opportunity to examine the problems within the agency that extend beyond this one scandal?

GAO Report Confirms IRS Weakness Amid Controversy

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

May 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service suffers from weaknesses in a number of its internal financial controls, said a report released ...

IRS Issued BILLIONS In Mistaken Payments Last Year

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

If you're not already annoyed by the Internal Revenue Service, maybe this will change how you feel. The government agency issued more than $11 bil...

Filing Taxes, For Better Or For Worse | Posted 04.19.2013 | Weddings

This Sunday, Patrick and I will celebrate our first anniversary as married people. I would love to tell you the last twelve months have comprised a li...

Crafting the Cyprus Deal: A Road Filled With Blunders

David Catalan | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business
David Catalan

The role of the Troika in bailing out governments and banks is nothing new, but the solutions put forward by EU leaders to improve the Cypriot crisis seem to be founded on little foresight, and without regard for the tragic mistakes of the past few years.

Fearlessly Facing Your Tax Season Angst

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Paying taxes forces people to review earnings and expenses and can highlight their money woes. It can also lead to a feeling of powerlessness. No one likes to be told what to do, especially when it comes to their hard-earned money.

Taxes Key for Latinos on Health Care, Immigration Future

Maite Arce | Posted 05.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Maite Arce

For Latinos, the 2012 tax return presents significant opportunity. In fact, the potential impact of key legislative changes for the nation's fastest growing population is unprecedented.

What Taxpayer Protection?

Steve Pociask | Posted 05.22.2013 | DC
Steve Pociask

If implemented, H.R. 1101 would be another big government program and it would be a losing proposition for both consumers and taxpayers. It's a beach house bailout, pure and simple.

When Tax Avoidance Crosses the Line

Christopher Bergin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

With the economy showing signs of recovery, it's high time that our federal lawmakers move beyond these self-induced crises and begin to talk about tax reform that can help taxpayers move forward with a clear understanding of how the tax code works and how much they owe.

Reward Investors in Banks That Break Up

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Brent Budowsky

I agree with George Will about as often as the Boston Red Sox agree with the New York Yankees, but as the law of broken clocks suggests, we must both be right at least twice a day.

New Orleans Considers Tearing Down Claiborne Expressway

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 25, 2013 edition.) New Orleans officials hope to move residents toward a consensus ...

Why The Poorest Americans Are Struggling Right Now

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Federal tax refunds are arriving later than expected for some lower-income Ameri...

What To Bring To Your Tax Appointment

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business

Tax Document Checklist: What Do I Need to Bring to my Tax Appointment? via H&R Block...

The Simple Fix That Will Save the American Republic

Matt Zeller | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Matt Zeller

Fantastic fundraising and/or personal wealth does not correlate to good governance. Hence, our congressional representatives are poor governing officials, but fantastic fundraisers. How do we fix this all at once?

Fiscal Cliff Trouble Could Impact How Many?

Reuters | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - U.S. tax authorities warned on Wednesday that as many as 100 million taxpayers - far more than previously estimated -...

The Bodhisattva's View Of Tax Policy

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Tenzin Norbu

The nation requires more tax revenue to address the nation's fiscal problems and, by doing this, we can advance toward the goal of guaranteeing that everyone has the property necessary to lead a meaningful human life.

Getting Tax Relief after a Natural Disaster

Mark Steber | Posted 01.05.2013 | Money
Mark Steber

Unfortunately, natural disasters, and losses from them, occur each year and will continue to impact people's lives, causing personal and financial loss, and in some cases, even severe financial and economic loss. The income tax rules may provide for a small silver lining if the right circumstances apply.

Taxmageddon, the Fiscal Cliff, the Mayan Calendar, and Other Year-End Events to Watch Out for

Mark Steber | Posted 12.26.2012 | Money
Mark Steber

The Mayan calendar "end of times" prediction scheduled for Dec. 23, 2012, might not be all bad when compared and contrasted with some of the other predictions associated with Taxmageddon and the fiscal cliff on the horizon.

IRS Messed With The Wrong 93-Year-Old

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 02.13.2014 | Money

Alvina Pryor has really had it with the Internal Revenue Service. "I want to put the government on a slab and slice them into little pieces," the 9...

It's Coming...But Just What is Taxmageddon -- The Highlights

Mark Steber | Posted 12.02.2012 | Money
Mark Steber

Take home pay may be lower beginning January 1, 2013 unless we get some changes to the current expiring tax provisions. Why? Three major areas of change.

There's a Tax on What?

Mark Steber | Posted 11.28.2012 | Money
Mark Steber

I spend a lot of time reviewing the latest tax laws and how they can affect you, but it's fun every now and again to take a step back and look at some of the stranger nuances of tax law.

Life Changes Can Affect Your Tax Return -- Things to Know

Mark Steber | Posted 11.24.2012 | Money
Mark Steber

Did you know that a change in marital status, having a child, or sending one off to college, even a change in employment status, can affect your tax return?