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Your W-2 Tax Form Is Coming: 3 Key Numbers to Review

Tens of millions of workers will soon be getting W-2 tax forms. Included on that form is a lot of the key information that will determine whether you get a refund or will owe more to the IRS this year. And it also has three numbers you can use to improve your tax planning for the future.

Will Tax Refunds Go Out on Time? Late AMT Fix Has IRS Scrambling

The fiscal cliff compromise has been signed, clearing up a host of questions about taxes for the near future, and the year that just ended. But the long wait for answers left the IRS in limbo, and that may mean millions of refund checks will be delayed too.

Your Mid-Year Tax Checkup: 3 Quick Things to Do Now

The halfway point of the year is a good time to look at where you stand on taxes, because if you discover you need to make some changes, you still have time. Here are three things to be sure to consider.

Your Taxes Are Due!

Unless you've filed for an extension, today is the last day to get your taxes turned in to the IRS. It also happens to be Tax Freedom Day, when the average American has worked enough to have paid their taxes for the year.

5 Surprisingly Smart Ways to Blow $1,000 of Your Tax Refund

You may see your tax refund check as a choice between a crazy splurge and responsible saving. But you could also put that money to work for you less conventionally. Here are five good ways to spend $1,000 of your April windfall that you might not have considered.

The Tax Move You Should Make Now for Next April 15

Your taxes are filed and done. Victory dance? Actually, hold on. There's one more step you should take, whether you got a big refund or owed Uncle Sam a big check: It's time to take another look at your withholding.

5 Ways to Save Your Tax Refund (and 1 to Spend It)

Chalk it up to the nation's lingering economic malaise: More Americans this year plan to sock some of their tax refund away in savings. If you're among them, here are a few smart ways to stash that cash.

Cashing a Tax Refund Just Got Easier for the Unbanked

As many as 60 million Americans have limited or no access to banking services, and many of them will get tax refunds this spring. Typically, this is where payday lenders come in, cashing the checks for big fees, but now there's a new cashier offering to do it for much less: Walmart.

Tax Refunds Are Shrinking -- and That's Good News

2011 wasn't a good year for those expecting big checks from the IRS. Not only were fewer refunds delivered, but the average refund was smaller. That's no surprise in this economy, but it's also a sign that Americans are getting smarter about how we handle our taxes.

A Secret Trick to Boost Holiday Cash Flow

There may be a way to unlock some extra cash for the holidays right under your nose. If you're getting a tax refund of more than $500 come springtime, it means you are giving the government an interest-free loan. Wouldn't you rather have some of that money now? Here's how to get it.

Sneaky European Tax Robs U.S. Businesses Blind

Value-added taxes are big revenue generators in Europe, but if you're not a local person or business, you're supposed to be able to get them refunded. Tell that to the almost 72% of companies spending money overseas that have had trouble getting their VAT refunds or the 21% that have been unable to reclaim any VAT at all.

Tax Deadline Looms: Advice for Last-Minute Filers

U.S. taxpayers get three extra days this year to file their income tax returns, but if you've put off doing your taxes, it's time to get organized -- and possibly to get help. Because if you owe Uncle Sam, even if you file for an extension, you'd better have his check in the mail by midnight Monday.

What Will You Do With Your Tax Refund?

For more than three-quarters of U.S. taxpayers, the silver lining of tax season is the refund check. This year, the IRS says the average refund is just under $3,000, and many people will use theirs to pay off debt or cover expenses. But for others, the arrival of that money will mean an opportunity to save or invest.

Who Wins and Who Loses If the Government Shuts Down

Unless Republicans and Democrats can agree on budget legislation to keep the federal government running, a shutdown at midnight Friday looms. From a political and financial perspective, if that shutdown happens, there will be a few clear winners, some who break even, and a whole lot of losers. DailyFinance breaks it down:

Tax Tips for the Accidental Landlord

In today's shaky real estate market, more and more homeowners are becoming landlords, both by plan and by necessity. But whether you're renting out your old house, an investment property, or even a single room, being the landlord means tax breaks, and you should take every one you can.