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Tax Benefits and Penalties of Marriage

The Supreme Court has struck down part of a law that denied benefits to same-sex couples who were married. The tax benefits of being married, however, are a mixed bag.

Tipping Tips for Travelers

Cash may be king, but figuring out how much of it to tip can leave travelers feeling like paupers. We asked experts and seasoned travelers for their best advice on tipping.

IRS Audit Triggers: Six Red Flags

The IRS only audits about 1 percent of individual tax returns, so the odds are pretty low that yours will be picked --unless you have one of these 12 red flags.

8 States Making Tax Changes: Some Painful, Some Pleasant

As you prepare your tax returns for 2012, be warned: A number of states have made or are considering big changes to their state income taxes. With some of those changes already having taken effect, you need to know whether you're in the line of fire -- or in line for a tax break.

Ready for Your Tax Refund? The IRS Is Ready for Your Return

Millions of Americans count on getting their tax refunds as soon as possible, but thanks to Congress, ASAP hasn't been all that soon this year. However, the IRS has worked through all the changes from the long-delayed fiscal cliff deal and is ready to start taking all of our tax returns.

Free Tax Help: 4 Ways to Get It

You have to do your tax return, but with the tax laws as complicated as they are, that job's tougher than ever. If you need help but don't want to pay through the nose, here are some resources that can get you tax filing assistance for free.

Tax Bills for the Rich Approach 30-Year High

With Washington gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates.

The IRS Wants to Tax Your Illegal Income

Believe it or not, the federal government requires that money acquired through illegal means be reported and taxed just like legitimate income. The instructions are right there on the income tax form.

Suffering from Crisis Fatigue, Americans Tune Out Sequester

President Obama is going all out to warn Americans about what could happen if the sequester hits. The country's response: a collective yawn, as we assume that after the political grandstanding, a deal will be struck as usual. But that may not happen this time.