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Has my Financial and Personal Information Been Compromised if I used TurboTax, H&R Block or Tax Act?

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There has been a lot of publicity of late around electronic security breaches with a focus on tax software related breaches. The majority of people file their taxes electronically and with tax returns containing your most sensitive personal information it is no surprise that hacking or compromised data that leads to identity theft and other online […]

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2015 IRS Refund Cycle Chart for 2014 Tax Return Filings

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While the IRS has officially discontinued releasing refund cycle charts, below are estimated refund dates (based on past refund cycles) you can expect to receive your refund after filing your tax return. For refund dates specific to your tax filing go to the Where is my Refund page at IRS.gov. You will need information from your […]

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5 Places to Get Free Tax Advice, Guidance and Help

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A lot of families cannot afford to pay for professional help to get advice on taxes and/or to prepare their tax returns. While simple returns for low income earners can be filed for free with most large online e-File tax providers, those who have complicated financial situations or have moved states during the year can find […]

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2014 vs. 2015 Savers Tax Credit Limits to Help Workers Save for Retirement

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[Updated with 2015 amounts] This IRS has released 2015 updates for the savers credit, which helps lower income earners save for retirement by providing an offset to retirement plan (401k and IRA) contributions. A lot of people don’t know about or take advantage of this little known credit, officially referred to as the retirement savings contributions credit.. The […]

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Average IRS Tax Refund for 2014 Returns Filed in 2015 and When Will I Get It?

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[Updated for 2014 returns filed in 2015] Despite a booming economy and higher employment IRS has forecast higher refunds for the average American filer thanks to the recent extension of a number of tax breaks. The average tax refund in 2014 was $3,116, and is expected to rise to $3,295 in 2015. Generally, if you e-file and […]

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Online IRS Tax Tools To Figure, Track and File Taxes For Free

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With the 2014 filing season now officially open tax payers can go to IRS.gov and leverage a number of tools that enables them to file their taxes for free, figure how much in additional tax credits they can get and even plan for their 2014 taxes. The IRS expects to receive more than 148 million individual […]

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2014 IRS Tax Brackets and Rates With Standard Deduction and Personal Exemption Updates

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Below are the 2014 IRS federal tax brackets based on annual inflation adjustments. Given the low inflation environment there were only moderate increases in tax brackets, standard deductions and to the personal exemption. The main changes for the 2014 tax year were: Marginal tax rates remained the same as last year with 39.6% being the highest marginal […]

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Federal Income Tax Tables and Rates For 2014 Tax Season

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April 15th 2014, or the 2013 tax filing due date, is not that far away. Which means its time to do some serious tax planning so that by year end you maximize your income while minimizing your taxes dues when filing in 2014.  But first, the official rates and tables for tax year 2013. In […]

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Why Is It Taking So Long To Get My Tax Refund

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When it comes to tax season I receive a lot of reader questions, many tinged with a hint of desperation, around why IRS tax refunds are taking so long and what can be done to get refunds sooner rather than later. Here is a sampling of comments from the current and past tax seasons: Help me […]

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2013 IRS Official Tax Updates – Tax Rate Schedules, Standard Deduction, Personal Exemption and AMT update

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The IRS has published its official 2013 changes reflecting annual inflation adjustments and tax table updates from the recently passed Fiscal Cliff legislation, officially known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Key changes include: For 2013 the 39.6 percent tax rate has been reinstated for individuals whose income exceeds $400,000 ($450,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return). […]

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