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Tax day 2021

Personal Finance 2021-04-05T20:10:44Z

The latest tax scam is targeting people with '.edu' email addresses. Here's what to look out for.

Emails targeting college students and staff with a ".edu" email address urge them to submit personal details to claim their tax refund.
Personal Finance 2021-04-05T16:42:06Z

You can get an extension to file your federal tax return, but you still have to pay your bill by May 17

There are a few easy ways to get a tax extension, which pushes your filing deadline to October 15, but you still have to pay your bill on time.
Personal Finance 2021-04-05T16:18:45Z

Jackson Hewitt review: A straightforward way to file taxes online or with a pro if you don't qualify for free filing

Jackson Hewitt offers a DIY plan for federal and state tax returns at $49, and a full-service expert option that's cheaper than some competitors.
Personal Finance 2021-04-05T16:13:13Z

How much does TaxSlayer cost? Here's how much you'll pay to prepare and file your tax return.

TaxSlayer offers four tax-filing plans, including a free federal and state option for basic tax situations.
Personal Finance 2021-04-02T20:26:07Z

Credit Karma Tax vs. TurboTax: How the online tax-filing services compare

Credit Karma Tax and TurboTax help people file income taxes quickly and accurately online. Both services are good — the biggest difference is price.
Personal Finance 2021-04-02T18:47:59Z

Gift tax rates can be as high as 40%, but it's rare a giver has to pay

Gift tax may apply to large gifts of cash or other property. How much you pay depends on whether you have used up your lifetime exemption.
Personal Finance 2021-03-31T20:27:50Z

The IRS will issue automatic refunds to some Americans for the $10,200 unemployment tax break, starting in May

Some people filed their 2020 taxes before the American Rescue Plan became law. They still qualify for the unemployment tax break and will be refunded.
Personal Finance 2021-03-31T19:38:10Z

Here's how to find out what tax bracket you're in for 2020 and 2021

Here are the seven federal tax brackets for 2020 and 2021. The income thresholds are indexed for inflation every year.
Personal Finance 2021-03-31T15:19:53Z

TurboTax vs. TaxSlayer: How the online tax-filing services compare

TurboTax is best for those who need more help — and are willing to pay a premium — while TaxSlayer is great for those who are familiar with taxes.
Personal Finance 2021-03-29T19:48:33Z

All your questions about unemployment and taxes, answered

Unemployment benefits are generally taxed. The new stimulus bill allows people earning up to $150,000 to leave out the first $10,200.
Personal Finance 2021-03-29T17:49:35Z

Most Americans can file their taxes for free — here's how

Fun fact: The IRS doesn't actually charge you to file your taxes. It's the preparation fees from online providers that can add up.
Personal Finance 2021-03-26T21:12:52Z

Credit Karma vs. H&R Block: How the online tax-filing services compare on cost, experience, and expert help

Even though Credit Karma Tax is free for federal and state returns, H&R Block is worth the cost in some situations. Here's how the platforms compare.
Personal Finance 2021-03-26T21:09:36Z

TaxSlayer review: A low-cost pick for experienced filers and simple tax situations

TaxSlayer is a top value pick for self-employed filers, and a good budget option for anyone else. But there are a few inconveniences to be aware of.
Personal Finance 2021-03-26T21:06:06Z

Best tax software 2021: TurboTax, H&R Block, and more

To find the best tax software, we reviewed 10 online tax preparers, including TurboTax, H&R Block, and TaxSlayer. Here's how they stack up.
Personal Finance 2021-03-26T20:55:48Z

TurboTax review: Not the cheapest online tax software, but good for complex situations

TurboTax is the most expensive online filing option, but you get what you pay for: a good user experience and access to tax experts.
Personal Finance 2021-03-26T20:53:13Z

TurboTax vs. H&R Block: How the popular tax-filing services compare on cost, experience, and expert help

Both TurboTax and H&R Block have high-quality user interfaces and offer access to experts. You won't go wrong with either choice.
Personal Finance 2021-03-26T20:48:52Z

H&R Block review: An easy way to file taxes yourself or connect with a pro, and get your maximum refund

Taxes can be overwhelming and confusing, even for the well-versed. H&R Block simplifies the process without dumbing it down.
Personal Finance 2021-03-26T19:36:59Z

How much does H&R Block cost? Here's how much you'll pay to prepare and file your tax return.

H&R Block has five pricing options based on how many income streams and deductions you have, starting with a free version.
Personal Finance 2021-03-26T16:39:06Z

Medical expenses, from PPE to doctor's fees, are tax deductible under 2 conditions

Qualifying medical expenses are tax deductible if they exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. This threshold can be difficult to meet.
Personal Finance 2021-03-25T21:03:38Z

How to file taxes with H&R Block and TurboTax to claim the $10,200 unemployment tax break

The online tax-filing platforms have been updated to account for the American Rescue Plan's $10,200 unemployment tax break.
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