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9 Reasons to File a Tax Return Even If You Don't Have To (Hint: They're Due Soon!)
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9 Reasons to File a Tax Return Even If You Don't Have To (Hint: They're Due Soon!)

Although you might not be required to file a tax return, it might be wise to file one anyway. Here are a few reasons why.
May 7, 2021
9 Tax Deadlines for May 17 (It's Not Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)
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9 Tax Deadlines for May 17 (It's Not Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)

Between due dates for extension requests, IRA or HSA contributions, and other deadlines, there's more to do by May 17 than just filing your federal in…
May 4, 2021
Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class
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Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class

Your retirement contributions could be the key to a lower tax bill.
May 3, 2021
Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide
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Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide

Don't be surprised by an unexpected state tax bill on your unemployment benefits. Know where unemployment compensation is taxable and where it isn't.
May 3, 2021
Tax Day 2021: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?
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Tax Day 2021: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?

Like last year, the IRS pushed the tax deadline back this year because of the pandemic. But your 2020 federal tax return is now due soon.
May 3, 2021

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Taxes Aren't Due Yet, But You Might Want to File Now Anyway
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Taxes Aren't Due Yet, But You Might Want to File Now Anyway

Even though this year's tax deadline has been extended, there are still plenty of good reasons to file your taxes now.
April 30, 2021
Estimated Tax Payments Are Due Today
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Estimated Tax Payments Are Due Today

The deadline for 2021 first quarter estimated tax payments is here. Get your payments in before midnight tonight (April 15).
April 15, 2021
22 IRS Audit Red Flags
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22 IRS Audit Red Flags

There's no sure way to avoid an IRS audit of your tax return, but these red flags could increase your chances of drawing unwanted attention from the I…
April 12, 2021
Top 10 Quick Tips for Your 2020 Taxes
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Top 10 Quick Tips for Your 2020 Taxes

From new deadlines to strategies to make sure you get all the stimulus money you have coming to you, here are some quick tips to keep in mind about yo…
April 7, 2021
Is There an Unclaimed Tax Refund Waiting for You?
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Is There an Unclaimed Tax Refund Waiting for You?

The IRS has $1.3 billion in refunds from 2017 waiting to be claimed. Is any of that money yours?
April 5, 2021
When Are 2021 Estimated Tax Payments Due?
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When Are 2021 Estimated Tax Payments Due?

If you're self-employed or don't have taxes withheld from other sources of taxable income, it's up to you to periodically pay the IRS by making estima…
March 31, 2021
Talking with the Taxpayer Advocate: The IRS Is Under Stress
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Talking with the Taxpayer Advocate: The IRS Is Under Stress

The pandemic and new stimulus-driven responsibilities are straining IRS resources.
March 24, 2021
How to Report an IRA Charitable Distribution on Your Tax Return
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How to Report an IRA Charitable Distribution on Your Tax Return

Your IRA administrator will send you a 1099-R, noting your entire distribution; you need to report it to Uncle Sam — and call out what portion was use…
March 23, 2021
22 IRS Audit Red Flags
Special Report
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22 IRS Audit Red Flags

A Kiplinger Special Report
March 22, 2021
IRS Extends Tax Return Filing Deadline to May 17
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IRS Extends Tax Return Filing Deadline to May 17

Pressure has been building for weeks to give taxpayers more time to file their 2020 federal income tax returns.
March 19, 2021
How to Handle an IRS Audit of Your Tax Return
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How to Handle an IRS Audit of Your Tax Return

Don't panic! Keys to success include being well prepared, establishing credibility right from the start, and keeping your wits about you.
March 18, 2021
Max Out Your Stimulus Check with Rocky Mengle
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Max Out Your Stimulus Check with Rocky Mengle

You probably know you're getting a stimulus check, but did you know you can have an impact on its amount? Senior tax editor Rocky Mengle talks about t…
March 17, 2021
Increase Your Third Stimulus Check By Filing Your Tax Return NOW
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Increase Your Third Stimulus Check By Filing Your Tax Return NOW

Depending on your situation, you might be able to increase your third stimulus check by filing your tax return right away.
March 11, 2021
What's the Standard Deduction for 2020 vs. 2021?
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What's the Standard Deduction for 2020 vs. 2021?

If you're like most Americans, taking the standard deduction on your tax return is better than claiming itemized deductions.
March 5, 2021
Claim These "Above-the-Line" Deductions on Your Tax Return (Even If You Don't Itemize)
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Claim These "Above-the-Line" Deductions on Your Tax Return (Even If You Don't Itemize)

If, like most people, you claim the standard deduction instead of itemized deductions on your return, there are still many other tax deductions availa…
March 5, 2021
Tax Tip: Reporting a 2020 RMD From an IRA That You Later Returned
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Tax Tip: Reporting a 2020 RMD From an IRA That You Later Returned

If you paid back a "required minimum distribution" from an IRA last year, you still have to report the payout on your 2020 tax return.
February 23, 2021
Why Pay Money to File Your Taxes?
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Why Pay Money to File Your Taxes?

Far more people could be filing their federal returns for free; maybe even their state taxes. Also, the latest from Brandon Copeland and the not-so-se…
February 17, 2021
When Can You File Your Taxes This Year? (Hint: It's Very Soon)
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When Can You File Your Taxes This Year? (Hint: It's Very Soon)

If you're an early bird when it comes to filing your tax return, you won't have to wait much longer before the IRS will accept your return.
February 11, 2021
5 Tips for Finding a Tax Preparer
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5 Tips for Finding a Tax Preparer

Following these tips will help you weed out the fly-by-night preparers and zero in on the best tax professionals in your area.
February 9, 2021
How 10 Types of Retirement Income Get Taxed
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How 10 Types of Retirement Income Get Taxed

When you're planning for retirement, it's fun to contemplate all the travel and rounds of golf ahead of you, but don’t forget about taxes.
February 9, 2021