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I-bonds vs TIPS

Apr 13, 2009
Question: I have the opportunity to buy $10,000 worth of I-bonds this year, or $10,000 worth of TIPS in an IRA account. Which is better--or is it...
Posted In: Investing, retirement savings, Taxes

I-bonds for Roth?

Apr 10, 2009
Question: I was told by my bank that it is not possible to put I-Bonds in my Roth IRA. If not, why not? I want to make a contribution that will not...
Posted In: retirement savings, Taxes

Day in the Work Life: Taxpayer advocate

Apr 10, 2009
Believe it or not, the IRS actually employs someone to watch out for the best interests of the taxpayer. On this week's "Day in the Work Life," we meet Nina Olson, a national taxpayer advocate.
Posted In: Taxes

Getting rid of escrow

Apr 9, 2009
Question: My mortgage (with GMAC) has an escrow element tied to it. Every year, the amount collected exceeds the amount needed for the tax payment,...
Posted In: Housing, Taxes

Demystifying tax law changes

Apr 3, 2009
Quite a few modifications to tax laws have resulted from President Obama's stimulus plan and housing credit. Tax analyst Mark Luscombe explains what the changes mean for those who have not yet filed returns.
Posted In: Taxes

How did the tax code get so dense?

Apr 2, 2009
The big tax deadline is a few weeks away, and the calls for IRS forms and schedules have gotten louder. Steve Chiotakis talks to economics correspondent Chris Farrel about how tax code got so complicated in the first place.
Posted In: Taxes

Tobacco users cough up more to smoke

Mar 31, 2009
A new federal tobacco tax will make it more expensive for smokers to buy their cigarettes. Money from the tax increase will be used to expand health insurance coverage to kids from low-income families. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Tax havens come clean ahead of G-20

Mar 31, 2009
Ahead of the G-20 summit, the British government is trumpeting a crackdown on tax evaders from certain countries. But some of the biggest tax havens may be found in the countries doing the whining. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Withholding taxes

Mar 30, 2009
Question: Is it better to owe the federal/state government tax, or receive a refund? How much money should one aim to owe/receive when deciding how...
Posted In: Taxes

Home buying tax credit

Mar 27, 2009
Question: Is there an income cap for single first-time homebuyers to be eligible for the $8,000 tax credit? Is there a sliding scale of eligibility...
Posted In: Taxes