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Peter Blank

Editor
The Kiplinger Tax Letter

Blank has worked on the staff of The Kiplinger Tax Letter since 1981 and has edited the publication since 1999. He has a BSE in civil engineering from Princeton University, a JD from Widener University School of Law and an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
November 2015

15 Nice-Try Tax Deductions

Over the years, taxpayers have concocted a lot of zany arguments to justify tax deductions. We’ve come up with what we think are the 15 most creative ones that the courts decided did not quite work. ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2015

Amazing Tax Deductions

Okay, admit it: As you've struggled with your tax return, trying to come up with some extra deductions to pump up your refund or reduce what you owe, you've taken a few flights of fancy. "Can I claim a ...

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2015

Believe-It-Or-Not Tax Deductions

Okay, admit it: As you've struggled with your tax return, trying to come up with some extra deductions to pump up your refund or reduce what you owe, you've taken a few flights of fancy. "Can I claim a ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2014

The Seven Deadly Taxpayer Sins

Wrath. Greed. Sloth. Pride. Lust. Envy. Gluttony. Who among us hasn’t fallen victim to temptation? After all, no one is perfect. Of course, there’s a moral penalty to pay. But when you exhibit ...

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2015

15 Surprising Tax Deductions

Okay, admit it: As you've struggled with your tax return, trying to come up with some extra deductions to pump up your refund or reduce what you owe, you've taken a few flights of fancy. "Can I claim a ...

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Tax Tips
June 2013

Is It Time to Switch Your Business to a C Corporation?

S firm owners face some decisions in light of new tax rates.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2013

15 Fat-Chance Tax Deductions

Over the years, taxpayers have concocted a lot of zany arguments to justify tax deductions. We’ve come up with what we think are the 15 most creative ones that the courts decided did not quite work. As ...

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Tax Breaks
January 2011

10 Fat-Chance Tax Deductions

Nice try, folks.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2013

Extraordinary Tax Deductions

Okay, admit it: As you've struggled with your tax return, trying to come up with some extra deductions to pump up your refund or reduce what you owe, you've taken a few flights of fancy. "Can I claim a ...

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Washington Matters
October 2010

Best Bet on Your Tax Hit Next Year

Here’s what you can expect when Congress takes up several big tax issues in a lame-duck session next month.

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Washington Matters
September 2010

More Tax Breaks, Loans for Small Business

After months of delay, President Obama will soon get to sign legislation he's touted as a big help to small business.

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Washington Matters
September 2010

Debate on Tax Overhaul
Is Under Way (Really)

But it’s no surprise if you missed the story buried in last week’s newspapers.

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Washington Matters
August 2010

Big Tax Changes Loom
For Individuals, Businesses

It’ll take a year or three of intensive debate, but a major tax overhaul is a good bet.

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Washington Matters
July 2010

Six Tax Breaks for Small Business

Plus steps to ease the credit crunch for smalls -- all in a bill moving rapidly through Congress.

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FORECASTS
May 2010

Is a U.S. VAT in the Cards?

It’s more than a long shot. But lawmakers will tackle some other thorny tax issues before the year is out.

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FORECASTS
May 2010

Tax Error? Can't Blame the Software

The “Tim Geithner Defense” is rejected by the tax court.

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FORECASTS
April 2010

Tax Break for Firms Now Hiring

Here’s what employers need to know to take advantage of the new jobs bill.

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