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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana, U.S., May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil KrzaczynskiU.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana, U.S., May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Dear IRS: Orangutan Hairs Are Legit!

“Dear Commissioner — As you know, our client is dying to share his tax returns with American voters before the upcoming presidential election. However, he has prudently chosen to wait until your agency has completed its unfair audit of his Form 1040 filings…”

May 17, 2016
Donald Trump points to a supporter as he leaves a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

What Doesn’t Donald Trump Want You To Know About His Wealth?

This is what Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns says about America. We are a nation that can’t think straight about wealth and class. And Trump knows better than to puncture our delusions.

May 14, 2016
An anti-Trump mask and sign sit outside Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump Taps Climate Change Skeptic As Energy Adviser, Pushes Back On Taxes

Trump is building out his policy proposals as he pivots from campaigning for his party’s nomination to the general election, including tapping experts in various fields. Among those he has asked for help is U.S. Republican Representative Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, one of the country’s most ardent oil and gas drilling advocates and climate change skeptics.

May 13, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Lynden, Washington, U.S., May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Trump’s Debt ‘Idea’ Would Depress The Global Economy

If his Muslim ban and a Mexican wall didn’t turn away Republicans still planning on voting for Donald Trump, maybe his ideas about the national debt will. The racist billionaire said recently that he would try to game the international economy — much like he did with creditors for his bankrupt casino projects — by paying less on U.S. treasury bonds than what bondholders are owed, a move that would surely destabilize the global economy.

May 9, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Lynden, Washington, U.S., May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Trump Says He’s Open To Raising Taxes On The Wealthy

Pressed on the contradiction between his latest comments on taxes and the September tax plan, Trump said he viewed his original proposal as “a concept” and that he expected it would be changed following negotiations with Congress. “By the time it gets negotiated, it’s going to be a different plan,” Trump told ABC.

May 8, 2016
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Tax Transparency: Jane Sanders Goes Back On Disclosure Promise

The returns will be released, Jane suggested, when Hillary Clinton provides transcript of her lucrative speeches to Wall Street firms. Clinton should absolutely release the transcripts and she should have done so long ago, but the issues are not even close to parallel.

April 27, 2016
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Tax Transparency: Jane Sanders Claims Returns Released In ‘Every Election’

Sanders had made available only his and wife Jane’s 2014 Form 1040, a summary lacking crucial details about their sources of income, deductions, and tax strategy.

April 13, 2016
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks with a fellow guest as they arrive for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign the Every Student Succeeds Act into law in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Elizabeth Warren Takes On Tax Preparation Industry With New Legislation To Make Filing Easier

The bill would direct the IRS to create a free tax preparation and filing service.

April 13, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a town hall event at the Navajo Nation casino in Flagstaff

Tax Transparency: Sanders Again Promises Full Disclosure

It is also puzzling that the media generally and the top newspaper editorial pages in particular remain so tolerant of stonewalling on taxes by all the candidates. That wasn’t their attitude toward disclosure four years ago, when Mitt Romney tried that strategy.

April 11, 2016
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Does Your Teen Need to File a Tax Return?

“My daughter is 16 and has her first paying job. Does she need to file a separate tax return?”

March 2, 2016
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Gail MarksJarvis: It’s Tax Time — Here Are Some Notable Credits And Deductions

After a few congressional tweaks, it’s worth it to explore the credits and deductions you could be missing.

March 2, 2016
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9 Key Points About Trump’s Income Taxes (And Many More Questions)

I expect Trump’s tax returns to be extremely aggressive, but well within the boundaries set by Congress and without even a hint of criminal tax evasion. I also suspect Trump’s returns will show negative income. That’s right — negative.

February 26, 2016
Oil barrels are stacked at a storage facility in Seattle, Washington

Obama’s Oil Tax Is Politically Unfeasible, But It’s Still An Important Discussion To Have

Even though the plan has zero likelihood of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress during an election year, the motivations behind Obama’s proposal deserves a closer look.

February 11, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Clinton addresses supporters at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo, Iowa

Clinton’s Estate-Tax Plan Doesn’t Address Her Own Tax Planning

Hillary Clinton’s call this week to increase taxes on the wealthy and close “loopholes” didn’t address the candidate’s own moves to shield at least part of the value of her New York home from the estate tax.

January 14, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks after being publicly endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Hooksett

Clinton To Propose Four Percent Income-Tax ‘Surcharge’ On Wealthy

“Fair Share Surcharge” would be imposed on taxpayers who make more than $5 million a year, and is expected to raise $150 billion over a decade.

January 11, 2016
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Can You Turn Your Investment Loss Into Tax Savings?

The end of the year is a good time to consider harvesting some capital losses. By doing so, you may ultimately be able to trim your losses and your taxes — as long as you complete any sales by the end of the year.

December 9, 2015
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Tax-Free Gift Limits: How Much Money Can You Give?

Current gift tax laws allow for some pretty hefty exclusions for the giver. But, of course, as with anything to do with taxes, there are some very particular dollar figures that you should be aware of.

December 2, 2015
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Top 10 Year-End Tax Planning Moves

With time rushing by and the end of 2015 in sight, you may be lamenting that you haven’t accomplished all that you had planned. But even if you’ll have to put off certain things until 2016, you still have time this year to make some smart financial moves.

November 18, 2015
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Is This The Way States Can Sell Tax Hikes For Transportation?

In a conservative Republican state, how does a governor raise taxes, issue bonds and ask local taxpayers to pay even more for transportation?

October 16, 2015
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Should Companies Have To Pay Taxes?

With the U.S. tax code now permitting companies to use brazen tax avoidance schemes in true tax havens, the real question is now whether corporations should have to pay any taxes on their profits at all.

September 25, 2015
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Your Mid-Year Money Checkup

This time of year presents a great opportunity to slow down and look at the financial progress you’ve made in 2015.

August 8, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Clinton Will Unveil Aggressive Economic Agenda That Targets Wall Street, High Earners

Hillary Clinton will announce Monday what aides call a far-reaching plan to restructure the economy to move more of the nation’s wealth to middle- and low-wage earners.

July 12, 2015
Texas confirms Ebola case in Dallas

Not Expanding Medicaid Can Cost Local Taxpayers

Dallas County citizens paid over $467 million in taxes last year in order to cover care for the uninsured, a cost that could be reduced by expanding Medicare.

June 26, 2015
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback addresses members of state legislature

Tax Plan Passes Kansas House After Emotional Overnight Debate

Gov. Sam Brownback warned lawmakers that massive budget cuts would occur Monday if they failed to act on taxes.

June 12, 2015
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To Collect Revenue, Some States Put Tax Scofflaws In Virtual ‘Stocks’

It turns out publishing the names of tax scofflaws and the amounts they owe on the Internet works spectacularly well, bringing in millions to states eager for the revenue. In many cases, just the threat of being on the list is enough to get delinquent taxpayers to pay.

June 1, 2015
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