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  • COLUMN-Why identity thieves are targeting your tax return Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    It's depressing, "said fraud expert Avivah Litan, vice president and analyst for Gartner Research. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating how fraudulent returns were filed in 19 states through TurboTax software, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Social Security numbers, answers to security challenge questions and other private...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Canadians who normally head south of their border for warmer weather are keeping closer track of their time in the United States because if they stay too long, they could lose their Canadian health benefits and might owe U.S. income tax. Just last year, the two countries implemented an agreement to scan passports and share the information, meaning...

  • Detroit property tax bills set to dip Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:58 PM ET

    Jan 28- Detroit homeowners will see a slight dip in their property taxes due by Aug. 31, the mayor's office said on Wednesday, noting the city's plan to recover from bankruptcy already accounts for a drop in the tax collections this year. Detroit, which emerged from bankruptcy late last year, is reassessing the values of real estate that are used in determining tax...

  • *He is Hong Kong's top tax payer for 5 years- report. HONG KONG, Jan 22- In late summer 2014, as mass protests rocked central Hong Kong, Canning Fok sat in his office quietly planning a business overhaul that would make his boss Li Ka- shing, Asia's richest man, richer still. After Li revealed the fruits of Fok's labour on Jan. 9, describing it as a "watershed" moment in the...

  • Breaking down President Obama's tax plan  Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    Jason Furman, Council of Economic Advisers, provides a preview of President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night where he is expected to talk about tax reform.

  • Tax time! What you should know  Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:41 AM ET

    Dave Prokupek, Jackson Hewitt, explains what taxpayers need to know to start filing their 2014 taxes and whether to expect delays. Also Prokupek discusses the benefits of filing early.

  • BEIJING, Jan 16- China will keep economic growth in a reasonable range this year and push forward fiscal reforms on taxes and overseas investment, top planning agency said on Friday. The government will take measures to further boost domestic demand in 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement. It will also aim to keep stable...

  • Obamacare will affect your taxes this year Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 4:16 PM ET
    An H&R Block tax associate assists a client with her taxes.

    Various factors, including a lack of coverage or whether or not a plan is subsidized, can affect an individual's refund total.

  • Got portfolio losers? Turn them into tax savings Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    Some of those losers in your portfolio can save you money at tax time. Here's how to make them work for you.

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Japan's government is considering lowering the corporate tax rate, one of the highest among major economies, by 2.5 percentage points next fiscal year to increase corporate competitiveness, the Nikkei newspaper reported. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been planning to lower the corporate tax rate over several years to around 20 percent...

  • Hilton Worldwide in talks to buy four hotels - Bloomberg Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    Dec 10- Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc is in talks to buy four properties from Blackstone Group LP and others for deferring tax payments from the sale of its Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, Bloomberg reported. The company is planning to buy San Francisco's Parc 55 Wyndham, two Waldorf Astoria resorts in Key West and one in Orlando, Florida, the report said, citing...

  • The local government had been planning to shut its bus and city train service after the island's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla was unable to convince enough members of his party to agree to raise the tax on crude oil by 68 percent. Garcia Padilla said on Sunday that the oil tax increase would cost a typical Puerto Rican family $1.17 a week, while a planned tax...

  • SAN JUAN, Nov 30- Puerto Rico could face a public transportation shutdown starting Monday, as talks go to the wire on approving a controversial crude oil tax hike proposed to shore up the island's finances. In what would be a major escalation of Puerto Rico's debt crisis, the local government is planning to shut down its bus and city train service after Governor...

  • LIMA, Nov 20- Peru is planning to introduce a law to cut corporate and personal taxes as part of a reform package that analysts welcomed as an "audacious" attempt to revive a slowing economy. The government will submit a bill to Congress that will seek to gradually reduce company income tax to 26 percent by 2019 from the current 30 percent, announced Finance Minister...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 14- Credit Suisse AG will face a public hearing over whether or not the U.S. government should allow the Swiss bank to manage Americans' retirement funds after its decision to plead guilty to tax crimes. The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday solicited public input for a Jan. 15 hearing on whether to issue its recommended 10- year exemption for Credit...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- Having your own tax-deferred retirement account is a bit like having one of those self-titrating morphine buttons that hospitals use: Press it whenever you need quick relief. That's especially true for early retirees trying to decide when to start Social Security, how to pay for health care and more. If you are buying your own health insurance via...

  • Can Japan cope with a second tax increase?  Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 8:18 PM ET

    Peter Boardman, Managing Director of Tradewinds, explains what a second tax hike means for Japan's retail sector and outlines what the government could do to help firms.

  • Sept 29- Civeo Corp, the provider of oilfield accommodation services recently spun off by Oil States International Inc, surprised Wall Street on Monday by saying it would not convert to a real estate investment trust and would instead relocate to Canada for tax purposes.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 3- When everyone else starts loading their backpacks and shopping the back-to-school sales, I know it is time for me to dive back into TurboTax. That's because fall is the perfect time to plan my approach to the tax forms I won't file until next April. By using the next four months strategically, I may be able to reduce the amount I have to pay then.

  • Robin Williams' estate plan: Good, but not great Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 5:05 PM ET
    Robin Williams during "Patch Adams" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.

    Robin Williams made provisions for his kids and tried to protect them from estate taxes, but experts say he could have done better by them.