Top 10 Most Expensive Real Estate Tax Bills Found In Just 2 States

There is some good news to be found in the real estate market these days. While home prices aren’t generally on the rise, neither are real estate taxes. In 2013, the median U.S. real estate tax bill was $2,132. That’s according to a Zillow analysis that used the most recent data available. That number is … Read more

Taxes From A To Z: D Is For Deductible Taxes

D is for Deductible Taxes. (Admit it, you thought I was going to say depreciation. Nah, that was last year.) It feels like everything you touch these days is associated with some kind of tax. You can get socked with taxes for doing anything from working to tanning to smoking. It can add up. Surely … Read more

Fix The Tax Code Friday: Lesser Of Tax Evils?

This month, Philadelphia voted to raise property taxes rather than impose a controversial sales tax on soda and sugary drinks, while New York won another round on its efforts to collect excise taxes from cigarettes sold by Indian nations. Other cities and states have struggled with similar questions when it comes to raising revenue. So today’s … Read more

Ask The Taxgirl: ‘Real Estate Tax’ In Health Care Law?

Taxpayer asks: Please tell me this isn’t so…..Under the new health care bill, all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8 % sales tax. This new tax is supposed to kick in 2013. taxgirl says: I’ve gotten a few questions about this so-called “real estate tax” lately. Concern about the “tax” has escalated … Read more

Fix the Tax Code Friday: Property tax abatement

It’s Fix the Tax Code Friday! Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article about an issue that has been on the minds of many local taxpayers as the city prepares for major cuts in services: real estate tax abatement. Many municipalities – from major metropolitan areas like Philly and NYC to smaller towns … Read more