Tax Deadlines: With April 15 falling on a Saturday this year, federal tax returns are not due until Monday, April 17. However, residents of Washington, D.C., and six states served by the Andover, Mass., IRS processing center will receive an additional day to file because Monday is Patriot's Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts. Tax returns from states processed in Andover include Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.
Wealth may be concentrated in the upper tiers of American taxpayers, but complications in the tax laws remain quite democratic: They are spread across all income levels. We look at some pitfalls and tangles for taxpayers at several income levels.
A new baby? A new name? In a new home? The following are some helpful tips to file your taxes successfully.
Whose Child Is This? Until last year the tax law contained as many as five definitions of "child" that taxpayers had to sort out in claiming different benefits. The definition has been streamlined, but taxpayers must still be careful to meet the requirements. For the earned income tax credit, the Internal Revenue Service suggests you think it through this way:
POST POLL: The Taxman Cometh It's the start of tax season as Americans scramble to collect W2 forms, bills and receipts as well as decipher their federal and state income tax forms. While it comes as no surprise that virtually nobody confesses to having cheated on their taxes, about one in six admits being tempted - including a disproportionately large share of men, Republicans and those with household earnings in excess of $75,000 a year.
Color of Money Tax Columns
Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary writes her "Color of Money" column twice-a-week focusing on user-friendly tips to keeping your money and credit under control. Below are some of her recent columns that focus on helping you take control of your taxes.
This Sunday column offers information and advice on financial planning, with a focus on taxes and insurance issues. Albert B. Crenshaw, who came to The Post in 1972, spent a decade covering national news before moving to the business section.
On Nov. 6, 2005, The Washington Post's Sunday Business section focused on the broad topic of charitable giving, offering tips and advice on tax benefits, finding the right causes to support, and how companies can support employee giving.