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  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 4- Texas tycoon Sam Wyly and his late brother Charles' estate should pay about $750 million in damages for their role in a fraudulent offshore tax scheme, a lawyer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a judge in New York on Monday.

  • How to have 'the talk' about old age and money Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Having a family talk about parents' goals for old age is never easy, but experts say it needs to happen more often. Here's how.

  • *Merck rises as results beat expectations, but Pfizer slips. Windstream Holdings jumped 12.8 percent to $11.88 in its busiest trading day on record after the company filed to spin off assets into a tax-efficient publicly-traded real estate investment trust.

  • LONDON/ MUMBAI, July 22- Indian generics firm Lupin, some U.S. drugmakers looking for a tax-saving deal in Europe and private equity funds are planning to bid for a range of older drugs being auctioned by GlaxoSmithKline, five sources familiar with the matter said.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- The U.S. Treasury Department has just given a tax break and its blessings to retirement savers who want to buy long-term deferred annuities in their 401 and individual retirement accounts.

  • Greece promises tax cut to attract oil and gas majors Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    *Greece plans to cut tax for oil/gas firms to 25 pct from 40 pct. LONDON, July 1- Greece is planning to cut tax rates for oil and gas companies as it wants to attract them to help exploit its untapped offshore hydrocarbon resources, its energy minister said on Tuesday.

  • CNBC contributor Herb Weisbaum explains how consumers can combat an alarming trend in the underworld of tax fraud -- crooks pretending to be IRS or U.S. Treasury agents calling about a problem with your tax return. It's a scam that continues long after tax season officially ends.

  • How charities can tap the epic wealth transfer Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    Some $59 trillion will be passed down by 2061, and for charities, the potential is huge. Here's how they can tap the flow.

  • MOSCOW, May 21- A grand estate on the Black Sea, allegedly built for Russian President Vladimir Putin, was partly funded by taxpayer money from a $1 billion hospital project, a Reuters investigation indicates.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 5- California's recovering real estate market means higher property taxes for homeowners whose bills were reduced during the economic downturn, despite tough protections against tax hikes imposed by voters decades ago, a new report says.

  • NEW YORK, April 10- "Conscious uncoupling" might become all the rage now that actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin have announced they are separating in a cooperative and respectful way. But there is nothing touchy feely about divorce in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service.

  • NEW YORK, April 10- "Conscious uncoupling" might become all the rage now that actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin have announced they are separating in a cooperative and respectful way. But there is nothing touchy feely about divorce in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service.

  • COLUMN-Tax nightmare: What if you can't pay the IRS? Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 10- There are many tax-time nightmares, but here's one of the most common: You don't have the cash to pay what you owe on April 15.

  • COLUMN-Tax-time complexities for road warriors Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 7- If you spend large chunks of your working life on a plane, you may have a tax issue: The tax complexities of road warriors can be mind-numbingly complicated, and consultants, entertainers, motivational speakers and others who work in multiple states may not even realize where and what they owe.

  • CHICAGO, April 1- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed raising property taxes and reducing retirement benefits for some city workers in order to ease a severe pension funding problem, according to details of the plan released by his office on Tuesday. Chicago warned that the two systems face insolvency within nine to 17 years.

  • Stern Advice - Why you work to pay the babysitter Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 26- Working parents of young children face a disappointing calculus. A family in the middling 28 percent marginal tax bracket could see the second earner's salary cut by 43 percent or more, once state, Social Security and Medicare taxes are included.

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman's will is called 'a mess' Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 6:00 AM ET
    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Philip Seymour Hoffman's will was 10 years old, and experts say that was just one of the problems.

  • Top 12 weirdest tax rules around the world Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    When most people think taxes, usually the first word that comes to mind isn't 'logical.' It appears that is true outside of the United States as well.

  • Denied: IRS can't regulate tax preparers Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    A US appeals court struck down the IRS's authority to regulate tax-return preparers, dealing a blow to the Obama administration.