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  • 401K Contributions Up, but Average Balance Falls Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    The average balance at the nation's largest 401(k) administrator was $72,800 at the end of June, 2.4 percent less than at the end of March.

  • Are Self-Directed IRAs Too Good to Be True? Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 3:02 PM ET

    An IRA can contain anything that makes you money, but as with any DIY investment, caution is required.

  • Countries With Zero Income Taxes Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 7:11 PM ET

    There are some countries where you can be 100 percent certain that you don’t have to pay income tax. Find out where.

  • UK's Top Sports Stars Caught in Tax Crackdown Saturday, 23 Jun 2012 | 9:16 PM ET

    Wealthy investors including Sir Alex Ferguson, Sven-Göran Eriksson and a host of sports stars and City figures could be liable for huge individual tax bills after an attempt to reduce their liabilities backfired.  The Financial Times reports.

  • Countries With the Highest Income Tax Rates Monday, 7 May 2012 | 10:18 AM ET
    Rising public debt and elections in Europe and the U.S. have once again raised the debate over taxes.Europe’s debt crisis is forcing some countries to raise taxes. Spain, for example, raised its personal tax rate by 2 percentage points to 45 percent last year and France’s Socialist Party is also proposing hiking taxes on the rich.In the U.S., President Obama has proposed the Buffett rule, aimed at ensuring households who earn more than $1 million a year pay more in taxes than middle class famili

    Despite all the debate about the Buffett rule, the U.S. ranked 23rd in terms of the top marginal tax rate in 2011. Find out which 10 countries have the world's highest income tax rates.

  • The Corporate Tax Debate Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 4:37 PM ET
    The Corporate Tax Debate

    According to some estimates, the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, but is that the rate companies actually pay? "You can raise the tax rate on Warren Buffett all you want, but unless you close the loop holes and exemptions, Warren Buffett will still pay less than a secretary," says Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

  • American Tax Havens Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 3:48 PM ET
    Tax season is safely behind us, so it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. But if you paid more to the IRS than you feel you should have, maybe it’s also time to start thinking about doing things a little differently. Maybe it’s time to think about living in a state where the tax burden is less than it is where you are now.Some states have low property taxes, low gasoline taxes and low sales taxes. Some have low income tax rates, and some expect not one cent of income tax revenue from its residen

    If you paid more taxes than you feel you should have, maybe you should think about living in a state with a lower tax burden. See which states qualify as American tax havens.

  • Lynch: 7 Tax Tips for President Obama Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking on the "Buffett Rule" in Boca Raton, FL.

    President Obama must be paying the least amount of taxes possible, as he has access to such talented people, right? Wrong. Even without a thorough analysis, we see there are some huge ways to reduce what the Obamas are paying in taxes.

  • Tax Identity Theft Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 1:25 PM ET
    Tax Identity Theft

    Thousands of taxpayers expecting refunds are finding out they can't even file their taxes because someone has already done it for them. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports.

  • Tax Identity Theft Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 1:25 PM ET
    Tax Identity Theft

    Thousands of taxpayers expecting refunds are finding out they can't even file their taxes because someone has already done it for them. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports.

  • Celebrities Are Often in Debt to the Tax Man Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 11:00 AM ET
    Lionel Ritchie

    Celebrities and entertainers often have huge incomes that vary wildly from year-to-year. This is a recipe for tax trouble that can follow even the most successful performers.

  • For Two Economists, the Buffett Rule Is Just a Start Monday, 16 Apr 2012 | 4:40 PM ET
    Thomas Piketty (L), Emmanuel Saez (R)

    High earners worried that this year’s Tax Day will be the last before their rates rise have more than the White House and Washington to blame. They can also look to two academically revered French economists whose work is the subtext for the battle over tax fairness.

  • IRS Form 1040

    Here are some things to check or consider if you still have the good old "1040 Form" on your to-do list, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Super Rich Spared So Far by IRS Audit Task Force Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 1:05 PM ET
    The IRS building in Washington, D.C.

    Despite the Internal Revenue Service's promise to bring new scrutiny to the super rich, a new report finds that of nearly 8,300 individuals with income of $10 million or more, as few as a dozen may have been audited.

  • Baby boomers could stand to inherit more than $8 trillion in a transfer of wealth from their parents and, according to one estimate, more than a quarter of that money has already been doled out.

  • Lotto Advice from 7-Time Lottery Winner Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 2:46 PM ET
    Lotto Advice from 7-Time Lottery Winner

    The Mega Millions Jackpot now stands at $640M and Richard Lustig, a 7-time lottery winner, discusses what to do if you win.

  • Don’t Be an April Fool – Remember Your IRA Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 12:36 PM ET

    April is the month with the deadlines for IRA contributions and mandatory IRA withdrawals and the deadline for your 2011 IRA contribution is April 17, 2012.

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    The good news is Americans are living longer. But the worry for many retirees is that they'll outlive their savings.

  • 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.