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  • Losey: 15 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    Is a tax refund coming your way? If you have already received your refund for 2011 or are about to receive it, you might want to think about the destiny of that money. Here are some possibilities.

  • 11 Celebrities Hit by the Taxman Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    It’s not tax time just yet, but it’s looming uncomfortably on the horizon. The conscientious among us have already filed their tax forms or are in the process of doing so. The rest of us hem, haw and put it off until the last minute.Apart from the punctual and the lackadaisical, another category of taxpayer exists: The taxpayer who, for one reason or another, has failed to accurately disclose all of his or her earnings. Sometimes this is a simple mistake. Sometimes it’s the accountant’s fault. S

    Some celebrities, including Lauryn Hill, fell out of good standing with the IRS, and paid dearly for it. Read ahead to see some of the celebrities who just didn’t get that return in on time.

  • Planning for Retirement? Slow Down! Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 12:37 PM ET
    Window with man looking at the Illuminated Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China. Window with man looking at the Illuminated Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China.

    For most of us, retirement will be the shortest, most challenging period of our lives and yet few are fully prepared for this life stage.

  • Property Tax Collections to Start Downward Trend Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 10:21 AM ET
    Home and Taxes

    Last year, property tax collections declined 0.9 percent when adjusted for inflation. If that downward trend continues, property taxes may actually decline in absolute terms, which hasn't happened since the Great Depression. USA Today reports.

  • Delaying Retirement: Why 68 Has Become 'the New 65' Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    "Delaying retirement leaves a worker with fewer years of retirement to finance, more time to save and earn returns, and higher Social Security benefits," says one financial planner.

  • Guest Blog: Tax Doesn't Have to Be Taxing Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 1:48 AM ET
    Cash Register

    One has to cut when one can’t borrow any more. But that still hasn’t stopped the various interested parties and think-tanks on both sides of the Atlantic from arguing on whether this is the optimum approach or not.

  • Instant View On The Hong Kong Budget     Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 10:05 PM ET

    Paul Heffner, Partner & CIO, CEO, Gen2 Partners thinks that HK could be losing it's competitiveness to other markets from a tax incentive and concessions point of view.

  • Hong Kong Budget Preview     Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 9:50 PM ET

    Steve Towers, Senior International Tax Partner at Deloitte and Kang Choon Pin, Tax Services Partner at Ernst & Young Solutions shares their expectations on how the 2012 HK budget might affect its tax structure.

  • Why a Financial Transactions Tax Is Bad for Everyone Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 6:47 AM ET

    Amid the wailing and gnashing of teeth that are governments’ attempts to confirm the long-term viability of the euro project, we are also witnessing an attempt to introduce a financial transactions tax (FTT) or “Tobin Tax” in the European Union.

  • IRS Contacts 1 in 8 Millionaires for Extra Taxes Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 5:27 AM ET

    The IRS audited one in eight millionaires who filed taxes last year while only auditing 1 in 100 individuals earning less than $200,000 in an effort to "assure that there's equity in the system."

  • US Charges 3 Swiss Bankers in Tax Evasion Case Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 3:07 AM ET

    Prosecutors accused three Swiss bankers on Tuesday of conspiring with wealthy U.S. taxpayers to hide more than $1.2 billion in assets from tax authorities, and sources briefed on the matter said the three worked for Wegelin & Co, one of Switzerland's oldest private banks.

  • Tax Benefits From Options as Windfall for Businesses Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 7:31 AM ET

    The stock market’s rebound from the financial crisis three years ago has created a potential windfall for hundreds of executives who were granted unusually large packages of stock options shortly after the market collapsed. The New York Times reports.

  • Home Buyers Could Pay for Payroll-Tax Cut Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 1:31 PM ET
    Home and Taxes

    At face value, it seems like an easy, albeit creative way to pay for the extension of the payroll tax cut. Raise the fees that banks pay mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to guarantee home loans.

  • San Franciso Tops $10 Minimum Wage Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 6:59 AM ET

    The city's hourly wage for its lowest-paid workers will hit $10.24, more than $2 above the California minimum wage and nearly $3 more than the working wage set by the federal government.

  • Retired? Here's How to Cut Your Tax Bill Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 | 8:59 AM ET

    With 401(k)s, IRAs, Roth IRAs, and Social Security benefits, seniors have plenty to figure out when it comes to paying Uncle Sam.

  • The Payroll Tax Debate and the Dollar Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 11:21 AM ET
    US Capitol Building

    Congress is battling over whether to extend the payroll tax cuts passed last year. Here's how to use currencies to trade the debate.

  • CNBC Poll: Raise Taxes to Pay Down the Deficit? Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:48 AM ET
    Taxes, Investments, & You - A CNBC Special Report - Sponsored by Merrill Lynch

    Few, if any, politicians like to raise taxes, and those who do often pay dearly for it.  Raising taxes, however, is sometimes a necessity evil, because there is simly no other way to increase revenue or reduce a deficit. What do you think?

  • Harrisburg, PA

    Worries about municipal bond issue defaults have been overblown, obscuring the investment advantages of a once trusted debt instrument.

  • How To Make Last-Minute, Money-Saving Tax Moves Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:47 AM ET
    Tax refund

    Taxpayers looking for ways to trim their 2011 tax bill, or simply to avoid unpleasant surprises when they file their returns, have a few weeks to make potentially helpful, money-saving moves.

  • CNBC Poll: What Will Happen to Income Taxes In 2012? Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:46 AM ET
    Taxes, Investments, & You - A CNBC Special Report - Sponsored by Merrill Lynch

    There's nothing like taxes to start an argument. Though virtually everyone thinks they are too high in general, there's little agreement on what's fair for one group versus another.