Year End Investing Tax Tips - Special Report

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    Retirement savings accounts are a growing source of emergency cash for Americans hurt by the weak economy, but withdrawing money prematurely can have serious tax consequences. Here's how to soften the pain.

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    Gone for 2010 but on the books again in 2011—the estate tax will have changes that should make it less painful for taxpayers.

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    If tax-loss harvesting is on your year-end to-do list, you’ll want to avoid transactions that could nullify those losses.

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    The recent selloff in the historically stable municipal bond market may have given tax-conscious investors pause, but investment pros say the intrinsic value of munis remains, especially for tax-conscious investors.

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    Come April, some 90,000 freelancers and consultants will file their taxes as a sole proprietor amid the swelling ranks of independent workers nationwide.  Here’s a primer on tackling your taxes .

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    The US tax code is complicated enough to tackle on its own. Throw in the tax rules and regulations of another country, and you’ve got a nightmare combination of paperwork and deadlines to wade through.  For expatriates, a little preparation will go a long way to smoothing the process of filing

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    The big tax-code questions may be out of the way, but the basics of tax planning still apply: defer, convert and eliminate.

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    Indeed, taxpayers during the final weeks of the year can significantly reduce the size of their taxable estate by taking advantage of the annual gift tax exclusion—along with two provisions that can that help them maximize the benefit of their goodwill.

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    Given the long tumultuous battle and eleventh-hour compromise in Washington, few taxpayers will have had much time to make any informed decisions. Fortunately, they probably didn't have to, since the Bush tax cuts will be extended for two years.

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    With tax rates likely to remain the same, most investors will want to hold onto their stock-market winners and sell their losers, assuming it  makes good investment sense.

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    Tax-managed mutual funds are designed to limit liabilities by taking tax consequences into account when buying and selling stocks, but many haven't lived up to their billings. Here's some alternatives.

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    There are some simple steps you can take now that could put more money in your pocket—or at least reduce the amount you'll owe to Uncle Sam.

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    Sales tax is straightforward but property taxes? Not so much. There are a million moving parts and any number of things that result in higher taxes. Here are Nine Things That Make Your Property Taxes Go Up.

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    "The right thing to do is to eliminate the AMT,” says one tax expert. “The AMT is an admission that the tax system is unsound." That may be but the federal government also needs the vast revenue the alternative minimum tax generates.

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    Portfolio moves can now be made with the knowledge that capital gains and dividend tax rates will remain at 15 percent, which means most people will want to hold onto their stock market winners.

  • Taxes have been one of the most hotly debated topics in Washington and cuts for the wealthiest Americans are one of the most controversial subjects surrounding the issue. But how many rich people are there in the U.S., how much do they make and where do they live? And just what income do you qualify to be rich? According the data from the Census Bureau, there are currently 4.5 million households that earn over $200,000 per year, the highest wealth division compiled in Census reports, which is ap

    How many rich people are there in the U.S., how much do they make and where do they live? Find out!

  • With both economic growth and corporate profits under extreme pressure these days, corporate tax rates are under greater scrutiny around the globe. The (OECD) has tracked corporate tax data from its member countries every year since 1981. The tax rates listed here are “combined corporate income tax rates,” a number that includes both national and local levies. It should be noted that the OECD only compiles corporate tax data on its which do not include the BRIC nations, as these countries are no

    With economic growth and corporate profits under extreme pressure these days, corporate tax rates are under greater scrutiny. Click to see which countries have the highest corporate tax rates.

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    Tax policy has been the talk of Wall Street and Washington recently. Given all the attention, we thought we'd test your knowledge of taxes.

  • This year's best cocktail stories—culled from certified public accountants nationwide, some of whom requested to remain nameless—naturally comes with a disclaimer: Do not try this at home. Or in the home office, for that matter. As audacious as these stories might be, rest assured that the Internal Revenue Service is not amused when taxpayers fail to file, misfile, underreport income or otherwise attempt to avoid taxes. Ready for some laughs? Behold , 2009 edition.

    This year's best cocktail stories naturally comes with a disclaimer: Do not try this at home. Behold Bankrate's wackiest tax write-offs, 2009 edition.