In the News

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

baseball
Oct 22nd, 2014

World Series: Looking at Each Team By The Numbers (not those numbers)

Baseball is all about the numbers. Batting averages, earned runs, runs batted in, and on and on and on. While every sports fanatic banters about the Giants’ home runs and the Royals’ stolen bases, we have honed in on some different numbers. Like the number of dollars you have to shell out to watch these […]

baseball
Oct 21st, 2014

World Series: Would You Spend It?

It’s the hottest ticket in H&R Block’s hometown right now: the World Series. For those of us in Kansas City, it’s been 29 years since the Royals have given us the opportunity to see a World Series game in our fair town. So the excitement is high and so are the ticket prices. On Tuesday afternoon, […]

federal
Oct 18th, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage and Your State Tax Return

Early in October, the Supreme Court denied review of same-sex marriage appeals from three different federal appeals courts: the Tenth Circuit, the Fourth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit. What does that mean? Since the Supreme Court has declined to decide the matters, the decisions of each of the lower courts will stand. That means the […]

bonus
Jul 18th, 2014

How the NFL’s Newest Star’s Salaries Stack Up

Ed note: The contracts of big-time athletes can be mind-boggling. Our tax expert and resident fanatic Mike Slack breaks it down though, looking at what these sports stars are really making and how much goes to the federal government. There are many new faces walking into NFL training camps this week. Of the 256 football […]

Jun 26th, 2014

DOMA Decision – Looking at “Married Filing Jointly” One Year Later

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court decided that same-sex couples could not be denied federal benefits. Among other things, the ruling allowed legally married couples to file their federal tax returns as “married filing jointly.” However, things are […]

email
Apr 29th, 2014

What to Know About Phone Tax Scams

Ed note: Just because April 15 has passed, doesn’t mean the scammers out there have given up. You may get strange emails or text messages – remember the IRS will never contact you that way – but one of the most persistent this year has been an old fashioned telephone scam. The IRS has issued […]