In the News

Taxes in the headlines, from pop culture to current events.

Affordable Care Act
Jan 20th, 2015

Tax Refund Delay: Separating Fact from Fiction

Did you hear that tax refunds were going to be delayed until October? Yeah, that’s false. An article on a satirical website last fall fueled controversy that taxpayers wouldn’t get their refunds until many, many months after filing. It isn’t true. However, the Commissioner of the IRS has made comments that may make it seem […]

help
Jan 16th, 2015

Smart Filing: How to Avoid Being a Tax Scam Victim [VIDEO]

Now that tax season is upon us (e-file opens Jan. 20!), you may see signs and storefronts popping up to offer you wonderful refunds without any knowledge of your situation, or they may even promise you a refund within 24 hours. Be careful when you see this. Leer en español. Here are seven tips to […]

Affordable Care Act
Jan 15th, 2015

Refund Delays: What You Need to Know

Ed note: We’ve been seeing some online discussions about whether refunds will be delayed this year. So, we asked our friends at the Tax Institute – H&R Block’s tax experts who also work closely with the IRS – to interpret the situation for us. Waiting is hard. Waiting in line at the DMV, in the […]

budget
Jan 10th, 2015

When Absolute Zero Isn’t Absolutely Free

Free. It has a sweet ring to it. And the synonyms to free are so fun. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. If you’ve been doing any Googling about tax prep this week, you might have come across that last one. Zero. TurboTax is offering Absolute Zero, which features a federal tax return and state tax return […]

charitable
Dec 22nd, 2014

Extenders Have Passed – What it Means

President Obama signed H.R. 5771, The Tax Increase Prevention Act (TIPA) – known as the “Extenders” – into law last week. This package of tax benefits had expired December 31, 2013. The good news: This one-year extension (yes, it expires on December 31, 2014) means that taxpayers can claim these benefits on their 2014 tax […]

credit
Dec 16th, 2014

Up to 1 in 6 Taxpayers May Miss Out This Year With Expiring Tax Benefits

Update: Good news! Congress has passed a one-year retroactive extension to these tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013 and the President has signed it. This marks the sixth time since 2005 that Congress has extended these or similar tax breaks. Get all the details on what tax benefits have been extended. Original post: […]