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How Long Should You Keep Records After Tax Day?

19 April 2013

(Update: We have a winner! It’s tucscongirl!)   My kids are little hoarders. I swear one of these days, A&E is going to launch a “Hoarders: Kids Edition” and you’ll see my kids on the show, with their various rock, leaf and *other* collections stashed in shoeboxes. They hate to throw anything out. I have […]

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Your Last Minute Tax Questions Answered

15 April 2013

Note: I’m constantly updating as questions come in – so check back throughout the day! I hear you! I’m getting lots of last minute questions today via email, Twitter and Facebook. I’m going to try and answer as many as I can today but please understand that I can’t get to all of them. And […]

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Tax Day Specials, Promos And Freebies

14 April 2013

April 15. It’s that red letter day on the calendar that many taxpayers have come to hate: time to pay up to Uncle Sam. It may be painful to write that check but all across the country, retailers and restaurants are offering taxpayers a break to make the day a little brighter. Here are some […]

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Taxes From A To Z (2013)

14 April 2013

And it’s a wrap! Taxes From A To Z (2013) covers the gamut from Annualized Income Installment Method to Zombie Debt. You can check out the gallery below or follow the links in the list for more details. A is for Annualized Income Installment Method B is for Bad Debt Expense C is for Carpooling […]

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Taxes From A To Z (2013): G Is For Government Debt

11 March 2013

Practically every year, I get a query or two about how to make a donation to the federal government to pay down the debt. Apparently, it’s keeping some of you up at night. It’s a complicated issue because most of us can’t explain, at any given time, what the debt is and how it’s calculated. […]

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Taxes From A To Z (2013): E Is For Educational Assistance

8 March 2013

E is for Educational Assistance. In this job market, every advantage helps. And arguably, that advantage could be a college or other degree (though it’s worth noting that I don’t believe in going to school just because you don’t know what else to do). To help defray the cost of education – and perhaps make […]

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Taxes From A To Z (2013): D Is For Disaster Relief

7 March 2013

D is for Disaster Relief. The forecast for past several days has been terrible with warnings and advisories for gusting winds, heavy rain and ice and several inches of snow slated to blow into the Philadelphia area. Did the storm live up to the hype? You can see, in this quick shot of the surrounding […]

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Taxes From A To Z (2013): C Is For Carpooling

6 March 2013

C is for Carpooling. You cannot deduct the costs of getting to and from work, no matter if you take a bus, trolley, subway, taxi, or drive your own car. Commuting expenses to and from your regular place of work (as opposed to travel for work) is never deductible. Taxpayers are always trying to come […]

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Taxes From A To Z (2013): B Is For Bad Debt Expense

5 March 2013

B is for Bad Debt Expense. Most tax discussions about debt focus on debts that you owe. But what happens when the debt is owed to you? And worse, what if it’s pretty obvious that the debt isn’t going to be paid back? When that happens, you have a bad debt. For tax purposes, you […]

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