Category Archives: Taxes

Tax Deductions A to Z

I received a package in the mail the other day with a line of books called Tax Deductions A to Z by Anne Skalka ($12.95 each) which I found to be an interesting twist to most tax books I come … Continue reading

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1 Week Left For Tax Procrastinators

If you’re one of the 9.6 million people that filed an extension for filing your taxes and have been procrastinating, you have a week before they absolutely have to be turned in. Monday October 16 is the deadline for all … Continue reading

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IRS $30 – $60 Telephone Tax Refund Coming

If you paid long distance telephone tax (after Feb. 28, 2003 and before Aug. 1, 2006), you will qualify for a $30 to $60 tax refund on your 2006 tax return. The IRS has announced standard amounts for the refund … Continue reading

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IRS Form 8888 – Split Refund

I mentioned earlier that the IRS was planning to allow taxpayers to designate their refund to several accounts rather than just one beginning next year. The IRS just released a sample copy of IRS Form 8888 which will allow you … Continue reading

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IRS Tax Refund Multiple Direct Deposit Offered

Some good news from the IRS today. Beginning January 2007, if you are getting a tax refund, you can designate the tax refund to go into up to three different accounts. Previously you could only designate a single savings or … Continue reading

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Tax Refund As Savings – A Good Idea?

I read an interesting article about new legislation being proposed in California where your tax refund could be split and sent to two different accounts instead of just one. The reasoning is that by doing this, people will be more … Continue reading

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Tax Cartoons

Get your fill of tax cartoons: Tax Cartoons 2006

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Turn In Tax Cheats And Make Money

While most people don’t like to pay taxes, what’s even worse is when you know someone who should be paying taxes, but they are cheating on them to not pay their fair share. According to the IRS, taxpayers underpay their … Continue reading

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Adjust Tax Withholdings – Daily Tip

With taxes due just around the corner, you have (or soon will) find out whether you’re paying or receiving a refund. While a large tax refund is fun to get, it’s also an indication that you’re not having the correct … Continue reading

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Charitable Contribution Worth – Daily Tip

With the tax deadline right around the corner, you have already finished your taxes or will be finishing them soon. now is a great time to look at what deductions you were able to take and see if you can … Continue reading

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Google Finance Launches

You’ll be able to get a lot more information on the Google Finance from other sources – it seems geared toward companies and investing rather than personal finances, but there is one nice feature that I wanted to point out … Continue reading

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New Site – Tax Press Releases

The latest of our satellite sites is It will be interesting to see how this site develops. I decided to build this one for a couple of reasons. First, when the IRS makes changes, they sometimes rewrite or delete … Continue reading

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Taxes & Quotes

One of the joys (see sarcasm dripping all around) of living in a foreign country is that you get to do taxes twice. While Japanese tax forms are not near as complicated as taxes in the US, the simplicity factor … Continue reading

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Use A Credit Card To Pay Taxes

If you ever had a doubt that credit card companies only had their best interest in mind, you can see it clearly in the recent escalation of credit card offers aimed to entice you to put your taxes on your … Continue reading

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Steps To Help Avoid A Tax Audit

I just finished up an article on the main site about some simple steps you can take to help avoid a tax audit They include: 1. Make sure all the math calculations on your return are correct 2. Be sure … Continue reading

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Financial Challenge – Day 12

Welcome to another week and Day 12 of the Financial Challenges. With W-2 forms arriving in the mail you should be getting ready to do your taxes soon if you haven’t started them already. The IRS Free File tax network … Continue reading

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Financial Challenge – Day 6

In the last challenge we talked about contributing to your 401(k) plan to get the matching funds. Unfortunately, some people don’t have access to a 401(k) fund or their company doesn’t match any contributions to the 401(k) fund. If this … Continue reading

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IRS Tax Info For Hurricane Victims

For those who were affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the IRS has released a new publication – Publication 4492 (Information for Taxpayers Affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma) – which is now available on the IRS website. … Continue reading

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IRS Tax Free File Now Available

Free File is a program going on its fourth year where a number of the top tax software companies offer their software for free to those filing taxes through the Internal Revenue Service’s website. Basically what happened was that the … Continue reading

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Analyzing Promotions

One important aspect in getting your personal finances in order is being able to critically analyze offers that come to you to see whether or not they are a good deal. The offer come-ons often make it sound like there’s … Continue reading

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