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17 red flags that will still get you audited by the IRS
17 red flags that will still get you audited by the IRS Money & Credit April 9, 2018
OK, let's just be straight-up: Your chances of being audited are at an all-time low. Severe staff cutbacks coupled with…
Report: President calls for 25-cent hike in federal gas tax
Report: President calls for 25-cent hike in federal gas tax Taxes February 15, 2018
Following the release of his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, President Trump has reportedly called for a 25-cent hike to the federal…
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Lived in a hurricane disaster zone in 2017? You could get a $6,000 tax refund Taxes January 24, 2018
When your home is destroyed by an act of God, you expect to be uprooted and face a long road…
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Tax moves you may want to consider before the end of 2017 Money & Credit December 27, 2017
You probably already know that big changes in the tax code are going to take effect starting January 1, 2018.…
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This new Trump tax calculator shows how much you’ll pay going forward Taxes December 19, 2017
Tax reform is at the forefront of the nation's mind as we rush headlong into the height of the holiday…
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Giving Tuesday: Make sure you know where your donation is going Money & Credit November 28, 2017
Since we've spend the last week so focused on buying, buying, buying it seems only appropriate that the day after…
The dangers of using public WiFi for tax e-filing
The dangers of using public WiFi for tax e-filing Money & Credit February 23, 2017
If you're using online tax-prep software to file your returns, I want you to be sure you don't do it…
Here are 4 things you should know about your tax refund this year
Here are 4 things you should know about your tax refund this year Money & Credit February 20, 2017
Wondering when your refund check is going to come from Uncle Sam? Wonder no more! Read more: Top 5 tax…
Busted: Money mule for fake IRS phone scammers in India faces FTC heat
Busted: Money mule for fake IRS phone scammers in India faces FTC heat Scams & Rip-Offs February 16, 2017
Finally! A Florida-based man who worked overtime with overseas scammers to get your money is getting what he deserves... Read…
6 tips to help you get ready for filing taxes
6 tips to help you get ready for filing taxes Money & Credit February 10, 2017
The IRS started formally accepting tax returns on January 23. We all know tax filing season can be stressful. But…
Why your tax refund will probably be late this year
Why your tax refund will probably be late this year Money & Credit January 6, 2017
Georgia is among the states with the most cases of identity theft. Many people are targets around tax time, falling…
How to optimize tax deductions when you donate stuff
How to optimize tax deductions when you donate stuff Money & Credit June 10, 2016
Spring and summer are the seasons for renewal, which for many of us means getting our homes in tip top…
E-Tax Filing
E-Tax Filing Greatest Hits June 2, 2016
Tax prep and electronic tax filing software Government sites: Free IRS e-file - Free online tax preparation and electronic filing…
The IRS hack: What’s at risk, and what to do
The IRS hack: What’s at risk, and what to do Protect Your Rights & Identity March 29, 2016
Read more: 'Get Transcript' IRS hack keeps getting worse, more taxpayers affected IRS tool meant to protect identity theft victims…
Should married couples file taxes jointly or separately?
Should married couples file taxes jointly or separately? Money & Credit March 13, 2016
Married couples have the choice of filing their taxes jointly or separately. What is the best option for you and…
Why tax policy in America needs a clean sheet
Why tax policy in America needs a clean sheet Money & Credit March 9, 2016
Editor's note: Clark Howard wrote this story in 2013 about the tax code. Since it's that time again, we thought…
Here’s how the government spends your tax money
Here’s how the government spends your tax money Money & Credit March 7, 2016
With another tax season upon us, many people may be wondering what the government does with all the money we…
Why this year’s tax return delays could help you
Why this year’s tax return delays could help you Money & Credit February 12, 2016
Read more: How To Deal With Tax Return Identity Theft Why your tax refund will probably be late this year…
Free tax preparation and e-filing from the IRS
Free tax preparation and e-filing from the IRS Featured Video February 10, 2016
Read more: How To Deal With Tax Return Identity Theft Why your tax refund will probably be late this year…
How Your Tax Rates Change In Retirement
How Your Tax Rates Change In Retirement Money & Credit March 30, 2015
We get a lot of questions from people wondering how their taxes will change once they hit retirement. While there’s…
Didn’t file in 2011? The IRS  could owe you money
Didn’t file in 2011? The IRS could owe you money Money & Credit March 30, 2015
TRANSCRIPT: If I said to you, 'I’m from the IRS and I have money I am begging to give to…
Free way to prepare and file your taxes online
Free way to prepare and file your taxes online Money & Credit January 28, 2015
Read more: IRS Free File Program Offers Free Tax Software
Can a company really shrink your tax liability?
Can a company really shrink your tax liability? Money & Credit September 1, 2014
Here's the real deal behind those promises you hear on radio and TV.
How To Deal With Tax Return Identity Theft
How To Deal With Tax Return Identity Theft Money & Credit April 15, 2014
Tax fraud and tax return identity theft is becoming more common every day. It's even hit several of Clark's Consumer…
Can you trust the accuracy of your tax preparer?
Can you trust the accuracy of your tax preparer? Money & Credit April 14, 2014
Can you trust the accuracy of your hired tax professional? Maybe not, according to new studies...So what's a tax payer…
Savers still facing low interest rates
Savers still facing low interest rates Money & Credit August 9, 2013
Savers are getting the short end of the stick while it remains a borrower's paradise thanks to low inflation and…
New state taxes in effect July 1
New state taxes in effect July 1 Money & Credit July 2, 2013
July 1 marks the day when a lot of states put new tax laws in effect. PewStates.org has summary of…
Senate approves Internet sales tax measure
Senate approves Internet sales tax measure Shopping & Retail May 8, 2013
The Senate has passed a bill that will permit the collection of Internet sales tax. In an era when so…
Senate approves Internet sales tax measure
Len Penzo’s Consumer Blog on ClarkHoward.com Money & Credit April 18, 2013
Why Some Who Cut Expenses to the Bone Still Can't Make Ends Meet by Len Penzo of Len Penzo dot…
Should plastic bags be banned?
Should plastic bags be banned? Business & Entrepreneurs April 17, 2013
Plastic bags could be banned in the state of California if a measure in the state assembly is approved. One…
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