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Kay Bell

Blog Info

Name:
Don't Mess With Taxes
Category:
General Finance
Tags:
Taxes, Politics
Start Year:
2005

Blogger Bio

Net worth:
$2,000,000.00
Location:
Austin, Texas, United States
Age:
60+
Race:
White
Gender:
Female
Life stage:
RETIRED
Profession:
Writer

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Latest Blog Posts

Alabama kicks off the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday 2017 season today, July 21. Mississippi's and Tennessee's weekend events also are at the end this month. But the 13 other summer sales tax savings periods aren't until August. With July half-way over, parents, students and especially retailers are variously anticipating and dreading school starting again. I'll leave it those with kids to describe their attitudes. But I do know that for businesses, ...
Posted: Jul 21 2017 @ 7:36 AM
Some type of marijuana use is legal in more than half of the United States. State and local coffers get associated pot taxes, but that could stop if the feds start cracking down on what is still an illegal drug in Uncle Sam's eyes. (Photo courtesy GreenerCulture.com) U.S. Attorney General (for now) Jeff Sessions apparently really wants federal law enforcement to once again target marijuana. But a return to a tougher ...
Posted: Jul 20 2017 @ 4:27 PM
If you've been paying attention to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with some Russians last summer, you know the White House has given two reasons for the get-together. The explanation that caught my tax eye was that the group talked about adoptions. The president's oldest son said that one of the Russian nationals came to Trump Tower to lobby for reversal of the Magnitsky Act. The law gets its name from attorney ...
Posted: Jul 19 2017 @ 7:09 AM
Your decision to stay in a private home or a traditional lodging option depends on lots of things, including the accommodations' costs that often have added occupancy taxes. (Image courtesy Reunion Vacation Homes) Are you booking your summer vacation stay via Airbnb? You might want to budget a bit more for lodging taxes. The popular private residential rental service collects sales and occupancy taxes on properties' leased in all or parts of 31 states, ...
Posted: Jul 18 2017 @ 3:10 PM
Happy World Emoji Day! It's held on July 17 each year as a way to promote the use emojis — like we need to do that! — and, according to Emojipedia (really!), spread the enjoyment that the colorful icons bring. The enjoyment goal got me thinking of how emojis might make one of our worse tasks more pleasant. I'm talking, of course, about filing taxes. Most of us already use tax software. ...
Posted: Jul 17 2017 @ 3:49 PM
The spectacular hole 13 waterfall at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, is one of the things that makes the property so valuable. But Donald Trump's attorneys say that property appraisers have set the price too high, at least when it comes to the value that determines the course and club's annual real estate tax bill. While Donald J. Trump was watching the USGA tournament at his Bedminster, New ...
Posted: Jul 16 2017 @ 7:41 PM
Honestly, rich people. You can afford to hire good tax advisers and accountants. Why don't you?!? That's the question I ask every time another celebrity gets in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. Last week it was boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now the latest wealthy person who just can't get a grip on taxes is hip-hop icon DMX. Although rapper DMX seemed pretty composed after his court appearance last week on tax evasion charges, I suspect at some point this was his reaction to the federal charges. The 46-year-old rapper, ...
Posted: Jul 15 2017 @ 5:11 PM
There are lots of reasons to dislike the Internal Revenue Service, but the House Ways and Means Committee took a step this week to eliminate one of them. The tax-writing panel on July 13 unanimously passed a bill that officially makes it harder for the IRS to seize assets under civil asset forfeiture policies. States are bit more obvious in their seizure of property, but the IRS takes assets, too. A bill ...
Posted: Jul 14 2017 @ 3:27 PM
Shawn Campbell via Flickr Creative Commons As the health care battle on Capitol Hill continues, there's one thing upon which both side can agree. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect. No piece of legislation is. Just ask Republicans trying to craft a replacement for Obamacare, as the seven-year-old health care law is known. And just ask a California couple who now owe the Internal Revenue Service almost $13,000 because of miscalculated Obamacare ...
Posted: Jul 13 2017 @ 2:43 PM
Paid tax return preparers must sign their clients' 1040 forms and include their IRS-issued professional ID number. The IRS lost a court case to charge a fee for the identifiers, known as PTINs, but is seeking a stay of that order pending possible appeal of the case. If you're a tax preparer who's paid fees for your IRS-issued special identification number, you'll have to wait a bit longer to get ...
Posted: Jul 12 2017 @ 5:14 PM

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