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Man is in shock over his back taxes bill

How Can I Not Freak Out About The IRS And My Back Taxes?

September 13, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s “idiot cousin” got him into tax debt. What can he do about the IRS — and his idiot cousin?

celebrity debt

Celebrity Money: 90s Stars’ Weird Finances

August 1, 2017 | Kerri Covington

How these celebs handled their money during the month of July

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How Friendly Is The IRS? Will They Work With Us?

June 21, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A reader needs to rely on the kindness of the IRS. Believe it or not, that can work.

Illustration of social media identity theft

Everyone’s At Risk Of Identity Theft

June 8, 2017 | Gregory Cox

Rich or poor, hackers want your information

Be careful when dealing with the IRS

What REALLY Happens If You Don’t Pay Your Taxes?

May 17, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader fears for her boyfriend’s future — and her own.

Trump carries off a wheelbarrow of tax break cash while an ordinary guy looks at his empty pockets (illustrated)

Who Is Going to Get a Big Trump Tax Cut?

May 4, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Hint: His name starts with T and ends with rump. But at least it’s not Paul Ryan’s plan, and maybe if he gets a big break he’ll leave us all alone.

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Should You Spend Your Tax Refund Now? 

April 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

A quarter of Americans expecting a tax return will spend their money before they get it.

Uncle Sam is a two-faced monster when it comes to tax debt (illustrated)

Want to Collect Debts for the IRS? The Bar Is Pretty Low

April 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The IRS will use private debt collectors who have failed before, including one the federal government is already suing for ripping consumers off.

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Millennials Would Rather Pack on the Pounds Than Pay Taxes

April 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn

If you could get out of paying your taxes, would you rather gain 20 pounds, drop Wi-Fi for a year, or see your credit score plummet?

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Millennials Act Strange Around Tax Season

April 14, 2017 | Joe Pye

They finish their taxes early and save their refunds out of fear of messing up.

tax fraud

Waiting Until Tax Day to File Is How You Get Ripped Off

April 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Tax-related identity theft is increasing, and experts say we ignore easy ways to protect ourselves by stressing about filing.

Donald Trump yells at immigrants to go away and stop stealing our jobs against a foreground of shuttered factories in a Soviet-style illustration

Are Immigrants Actually Stealing Our Jobs?

April 6, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Trump thinks so, but research shows they do far more good than harm.

2017 taxes

Settling the Splurges

March 28, 2017 | Dori Zinn

As more Americans plan to save their tax refunds, fewer plan shopping sprees.

Millennials and money: Financial fears have them stressing at work and beyond

Americans Dread Tax Season

March 24, 2017 | Joe Pye

Most of us are confident we can file our taxes, but we hate doing it.

tax fraud

Our Tax Data Keeps Getting Stolen but It’s All Good

March 15, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We might have had billions of dollars in tax fraud last year but most Americans aren’t worried about getting scammed.

Do you pay use tax?

Tax Refunds Are Helping Us Save

March 13, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most Americans will save their money or pay off debt with their returns.

Tax Day tips and facts to avoid tax debt

Join the Club, Tax Refund Savers

March 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most of us will stash away our refunds this year, as fewer Americans plan to spend them.

A giant Donald Trump lounges in a speech to Congress (illustrated)

State of the Dystopia

March 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress Tuesday night was a nice change of pace. But actually doing stuff would be better.

Be careful when dealing with the IRS

Beware These 10 Common and Costly Tax Mistakes

February 24, 2017 | Money Talks News

It’s time. Your W-2s and 1099s are likely making their way to your mailbox or inbox right now. Odds are good you’re ready to get your taxes done as soon as possible, since the odds are also good you’re getting a refund. Last year, about 80 percent of Americans got one, averaging around $2,800. But as […]

Do you pay use tax?

The Big, Important Tax Credit You’re Missing

February 22, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The majority of Americans are eligible for a tax credit just for saving retirement money, but aren’t aware this credit exists.

Parents, veterans, and other Americans drop their petitions into the White House (illustrated)

Financial Issues Real Americans Want Trump to Solve

February 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

These desperate White House petitions aren’t getting much attention. Some of them deserve it.

2017 taxes

Good News! More Time to File Taxes This Year

February 13, 2017 | Dori Zinn

You get two extra days to file your taxes, but with some changes that are in effect this year you shouldn’t wait to file. Especially because your refund might be delayed if you claim a certain tax credit.

Taxes done for free

How to Prepare and File Your Taxes for Free

February 1, 2017 | Dori Zinn

There are plenty of ways to pay for tax help, but you don’t necessarily have to. The Internal Revenue Service helps millions of people annually file their taxes for free.

How to get IRS tax debt help

Ask The Expert: Is This IRS Letter Legit Or A Scam? [video]

November 9, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is both scared and suspicious after receiving an email.

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Ask The Expert: Are Those Radio Ads About Taxes Legit?

November 2, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader keeps hearing commercials about “settling back taxes.”

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How to Use 529 College Savings and Not Run Afoul of the IRS

October 18, 2016 | Money Talks News

They’re great for covering the cost of tuition and more, but you need to follow the rules or the tax man will get you.

What is tax debt?

Ask The Expert: My Husband Is Taxing My Patience!

September 28, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s spouse didn’t turn in his taxes this year. What happens now?

America Saves Week

Ask The Expert: My Husband Hates 529 Plans. Is He Right?

September 21, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to save now for their infant son’s college, but her spouse has serious doubts.

Dvorkin On Debt: 5 Hollywood Actors You Don’t Want To Be Like [infographic]

July 11, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

They’ve all got into tax trouble with the IRS – for silly reasons.

Do you pay use tax?

Filing Your Taxes Might Become More Costly, Complicated

January 19, 2016 | Money Talks News

An IRS plan to focus on helping taxpayers via online accounts could cost you, a taxpayer watchdog warns.

tax refunds

The Top Use For Tax Refunds: Paying Off Debt

March 25, 2015 | Jess Miller

Believe it or not, people are getting more responsible with their tax refunds. But it’s even better for you if you don’t get a refund at all.

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Ask The Expert: Help Me Get Out Of Tax Debt!

February 11, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know what to do if you owe taxes and cannot pay.

Taxes done for free

14 Places to Get Your Taxes Done For Free Online — And The Catches

February 5, 2015 | Brandon Ballenger

If you make less than $60,000 a year, you don’t have to pay for an accountant or online tax software. You can get free tax prep and a fast refund.

How to get IRS tax debt help

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get IRS Tax Debt Help?

February 4, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know how to pay off tax debt without getting in (more) trouble.

Tax Day tips and facts to avoid tax debt

It’s Tax Day: fun facts and practical advice

April 15, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

If you’re not done, here’s how to finish quickly. If you are, here’s a good laugh.