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Top 10 Scariest Things About Income Taxes

Mark Steber | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Even though many people feel taxes are scarier than speaking in public, for the majority of people, tax-time is the single largest cash windfall of the year. More than 75 percent of all taxpayers get an average tax refund of $3,000 -- nothing scary about that.

Charitable Deductions for Animal-Rescue Volunteers

Julian Block | Posted 09.01.2014 | Money
Julian Block

When the annual reckoning with the IRS rolls around, their willingness to help out entitles them to write-offs for unreimbursed expenses incurred while they do volunteer work for rescue groups like the Humane Society of the U.S and the ASPCA.

Man, Woman, Money, Taxes

Julian Block | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Julian Block

The courts often have to resolve the troublesome question of whether a tax-free "gift" was actually a payment for services rendered. Not surprisingly, the question has come up when the IRS insisted on its share of sizable amounts received by women from men who weren't their husbands.

Don't Be 'a Victim of Disorganized Thinking' -- Keep More of Your Hard-earned Cash

Mark Steber | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

As soon as you start thinking about starting a business, you should begin tracking your expenses -- whether you use an app, a notebook or go the old-school route and use shoeboxes, be sure to keep receipts and cancelled checks.

Tax Court Upholds Business-Expense Deduction for Topless Dancer's Breast Implants

Julian Block | Posted 07.08.2014 | Divorce
Julian Block

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

Filing for a Tax Extension? What You Should Know

MyBankTracker | Posted 06.15.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

While time is ticking for you to complete your taxes, don't get so caught up trying to file that you make a mistake!

What's Deductible for Legal Fees When Couples Divorce

Julian Block | Posted 04.05.2014 | Divorce
Julian Block

The IRS prohibits any deduction for the cost of personal advice, counseling and legal action in a divorce. For example, there's no write-off for what a husband spends to resist his wife's demands for more alimony or to set aside a pre¬nuptial property agreement.

Audit Survival Strategies

Julian Block | Posted 03.15.2014 | Money
Julian Block

Just because you can back up every item on your return, don't think you can forget about an audit. Those relentless IRS computers may bounce your retu...

Tough Rules for Home-Office Deductions

Julian Block | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Julian Block

The law allows freelancers and other individuals who work at home to claim home-office deductions only if they pass a series of tests. You must use a ...

Financial Tips That Ease the Sting of Divorce

Julian Block | Posted 02.24.2014 | Divorce
Julian Block

Educate yourself for financial planning. In this lumbering economy, it's more vital than ever that you assume greater responsibility for your financial future.

Santa's Tax Return

Mark Steber | Posted 02.19.2014 | Money
Mark Steber

Given that tax season is right around the corner, what could Santa expect when he files?

No Tax Break if Client Stiffs You

Julian Block | Posted 02.11.2014 | Money
Julian Block

Why should freelancers forget about any kind of relief when they fill out their tax forms?

How The Tax Rules Work When You Refinance Your Home Mortgage

Julian Block | Posted 02.09.2014 | Money
Julian Block

Recent drops in interest rates have prompted millions of households to refinance their mortgages. Borrowers who refinance need to familiarize themselves with tricky tax rules on what is or isn't deductible for interest payments. Here are some reminders on how the rules work.

What You Need to Know About Education Tax Credit Considerations

Mark Steber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Are you taking a personal finance course or courses to learn how to better manage your portfolio or retirement planning? If so, you may be sitting on some very valuable tax credits.

Self-Employed? Take Smarter Deductions!

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

Taking business deductions creates two problems for the self-employed: Deductions encourage self-employed workers to compete in "a race to the bottom...

Massive Ideological Republican Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While the entire political punditry world is caught up in yet another horserace, major tenets of the Republican party's faith seem to be crumbling. Their bedrock ideology is revealing itself, in multiple ways, of having been built on sand all along.

Obama: GOP Tax Proposals Would Put Nonprofits At Risk

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

* Charities could be hit by Republican tax plan-White House * Obama aides meet with executives of largest nonprofits * C...

The New Deal

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's going to be pain all around in whatever deal is struck. Most Americans are going to be directly impacted in one way or another by whatever bargain is made between President Obama and congressional Republicans.

Give a Little Less to the IRS

Julian Block | Posted 01.07.2013 | Money
Julian Block

Individuals who reduce their income taxes with itemized deductions are aware that they can claim contributions to schools, religious organizations and other favorite causes. But many of them are unaware of other opportunities.

Eight Tax Breaks, Loopholes That Won't Be Easy To Kill [Slideshow]

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 10.08.2012 | Money

As part of his much-discussed tax plan, Mitt Romney has said he plans to eliminate or place caps on certain deductions and loopholes. The idea sounds ...

5 Simple Steps To Protecting Your Finances Post-Split

Julian Block | Posted 12.01.2012 | Divorce
Julian Block

There are simple steps that divorcing spouses should take to protect themselves financially.

How Republicans Have Twisted the Argument about Income Taxes

Raymond Griffith | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Raymond Griffith

Mitt Romney and Republicans have effectively twisted the debate away from the way the rich avoid their responsibilities into an attack on the poor, as if being poor makes you unpatriotic. And we cannot allow ourselves to let their attacks define the issues.

Some Presidential Words on Federal Income Taxes

Julian Block | Posted 08.22.2012 | Money
Julian Block

Income taxes are such a pervasive and everyday part of our financial lives -- and such a central issue in presidential campaigns -- that they seem to have been around forever. They have not. Their debut is relatively recent.

Trouble Come Tax Time?

Julian Block | Posted 09.26.2012 | Divorce
Julian Block

Fact is, whether Brad, Angelina, Jennifer, Bristol, Levi, Snooki, or anyone else is hooking up, breaking up, or something in between, the odds and ends of their relationships are grist for the Internal Revenue Service mill.

Taxpayer Illiteracy: Persistent and Widespread

Julian Block | Posted 09.01.2012 | Money
Julian Block

How many of those surveyed aren't aware of their own tax brackets?