tax returns

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.

Tax Season Scams: How to Avoid the Fake Refund Cons

Uncle Sam isn't the only one looking to collect from taxpayers this year: A rapidly growing number of Internet scammers are also using the guise of the IRS to siphon money out of consumers' pockets, security experts say.

Euthanasia Activist Grandma Gets Nailed by the IRS

After a plea deal in federal court last week, euthanasia device maker Sharlotte Hydorn, 92, is out of business. But it wasn't the fact that she helped people commit suicide that got her in trouble -- it was failing to pay income tax on the profits from selling the suicide kits.

The Child Care Tax Break Many Parents Overlook

Thanks to confusing and often misunderstood rules surrounding child-care tax breaks, the author has overpaid Uncle Sam to the tune of $1,000, missing out on $200 in tax savings each year for the past half-decade. Read on to avoid her mistake -- unless you enjoy filing mounds of amended returns.

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.

Tax Tips From H&R Block

With January nearly over and 1099s and W-2s arriving in the mail, it's time to get serious about those tax returns. Before you fire up the software...

Get Free Tax Filing Assistance

Filing your taxes doesn't have to break the bank. You can take advantage of a number of free filing and assistance options available this...

Top 10 ways to avoid a tax audit

"Worried about an IRS audit? Avoid what's called a red flag. That's something the IRS always looks for. For example, say you have some money left in...

Where's my W-2?

It's about the time when employees start wondering where their W-2s and other tax items are. Your employer has until February 2 to get your W-2 into...

Never throw away your tax information

It's a common practice to recommend that taxpayers keep their tax filing information for three or seven years. A taxpayer has up to three years after...