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Almost Thanksgiving and Extenders Are Still on the Table. What Does That Mean to Your Taxes?

Mark Steber | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

The mid-term elections are over, but -- as of this minute -- Congress has not tackled extending some tax breaks, i.e. that collective group known as the "Tax Extenders", which we address seemingly every couple of years.

2015 Tax Law Changes You Need to Know About

GOBankingRates | Posted 11.05.2014 | Money
GOBankingRates

Besides the ACA, there are a few interesting changes that could affect you when you file that 2014 tax return next year.

Your Tax Refund -- Fastest, Biggest, and Easiest? Not So Much!

Mark Steber | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Let's look at the most prevalent (often least true) claims and go over some ways that you can make them more truth than fiction.

This Surprising Thing Might Be Causing More Problems In Your State Than You Think

Pew's Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Warren Buffett: U.S. Never Followed Through On That Whole 'Tax The Rich' Thing

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business

Warren Buffett thinks it's a problem that some of the wealthiest Americans pay lower tax rates than their housekeepers. The billionaire investor sa...

Mine! Mine! Mine! Keeping Your Business Monies Straight

Mark Steber | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Ever feel like you are part of that scene from a movie where the seagulls are fighting over a crab only it's your money and you are trying to keep a scrap of it? Here are some strategies to help you keep what is yours and ensure what you have collected for others is handled properly.

How Financially Savvy Is Your Teenager?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 11.03.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

In an uncertain economic world, these kids are going to have to take care of themselves financially. Are they getting prepared?

Mobility Math: More Folks Renting = Fewer Mortgages = Lower Deficit and Lower Unemployment

Terry Connelly | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Indeed, it has long been U.S. government policy to encourage home buying among young adults, especially by providing favorable tax subsidies for homebuyers in the form of the famous mortgage interest deduction.

Sudden Wealth From the Sale of Your Business?

David A. Dedman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Sooner or later every business owner wants to retire or just sell his business. For a business owner this is a huge life event. Some are very sure of their decision, while others can be hesitant.

IMF May Be Right in Suggesting Countries Raise Fuel Taxes

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

It's tough to find any drivers who relish digging into their wallets to fill up at the pump. According to the International Monetary Fund, though, not only should fuel taxes jump by more than 50 percent, the increase should have Canadians whistling a happy tune. Now, here's the real kicker: The IMF is right.

Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.20.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will become Irish.

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.

What's in Your Mailbox? Tips on What to Do When Uncle Sam Comes Knocking

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2014 | Money
Steve Mariotti

Every year, one in 10 of us receives the dreaded letter. You know the one -- and you probably don't want to open it: the IRS requesting more information about your finances.

State Lawmakers May Be Making The Wealth Gap Worse

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to...

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

New Jerseyans Move Because of Income Taxes? Fuhgeddaboutit

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Gordon MacInnes

Gov. Christie and his treasurer are standing firm. They say there will be no tax increases to help New Jersey out of its budget crisis. Why? Because, they claim, the wealthiest New Jerseyans may well "get up and walk out" of the state instead of face a tax increase.

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 ...

Should Chicago Have a City Income Tax?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

No one really enjoys taxes, but they're necessary to help pay for the government services we receive. That's why Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has pitched a potential property tax increase to help the city make up the pension deficit it currently is facing.

Why Is There No Limit to Love?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 06.15.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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Paying Your (Un)Fair Share on Tax Day

Martha Burk | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

We keep hearing that if corporations have to pay more taxes, the economy will suffer, because they won't hire more workers. Well, if you hadn't noticed, for the last five years they've hardly been on a hiring spree.

You Owe the IRS! Don't Panic -- You Have Options

Mark Steber | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Owing the IRS can be a costly matter, but it is completely manageable if you take care of it and don't ignore it.

Last-Minute Tax Tips to Maximize Your Savings

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 06.10.2014 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

There's just something about doing our taxes that makes many of us revert to slacker college student mode, waiting till the last minute to throw together that report we've known about for months. But there is hope.

Protect Yourself from IRS Tax Scams

Andrew Wang | Posted 06.01.2014 | Money
Andrew Wang

With tax season upon us, taxpayers are not the only ones preparing for tax filing day. The Internal Revenue Service warns consumers that there are sophisticated scams targeting taxpayers throughout the country.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 2)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As exciting as the social enterprises presented were, the most interesting and perspective-changing lesson for me was the Vietnamese flat tax.