It's that time again. A new year has arrived, bringing with it the hopes, fears, frustrations and confusion of another 365 days of taxes.
Actually, 2016 brings us 366 days, since it's a Leap Year. And that one extra day could make all the tax difference in the world.
The new year has gotten off to a relatively smooth start, tax-wise. Will that continue? I vote no, not because I want tax chaos, but because some sort of chaos generally accompanies taxes.
Whatever happens in the tax world, you'll find it here on the ol' blog, as well as at Bankrate Taxes Blog.
As I've done for the last five years, I'll continue in 2016 to recap on the ol' blog the tax topics that I discussed over at Bankrate. I'll try to get the highlights and links to my other tax blog up each weekend, but I can't commit to a specific weekend day or time.
You can keep checking the ol' blog for those Bankrate-related highlights (thanks!). Or you can check out his special directory page. Either way, enjoy!
No, I haven't been slacking off when it comes to updating this page.
Effective Oct. 5, 2016, I am no longer blogging for Bankrate.com.
But no worries!
That means I have even more time and topics for the ol' blog.
- Nov. 4, 2016: Don't fall for phone or email tax scams (OK, this is the last Bankrate blog post, which I turned in back in September, but was held until the accompanying video was ready.)
- Oct. 9, 2016: Add EAs to the tax preparation -- and privacy -- mix
- Sept. 30, 2016: Wyoming: wild, western and welcoming to businesses seeking a friendly tax climate
- Sept. 25, 2016: Taxes are part of travel, but at least many business trip expenses are deductible
- Sept. 18, 2016: Tax code tweaks could help increase retirement savings
- Sept. 12, 2016: Most people pay more payroll than income taxes
- Sept. 2, 2016: Making sure your property tax bill is correct
- Aug. 28, 2016: A possibly deductible tax tune worth learning
- Aug. 21, 2016: U.S. Olympians might get a tax victory, too
- Aug. 13, 2016: Tax ID thieves are hard at work this summer
- Aug. 5, 2016: Shoppers in 12 states can pocket tax holiday savings as long as they read the eligible items' fine print
- Aug. 2, 2016: Trump vs. Buffett in proposed tax return throwdown
- July 20, 2016: Look for additional Koskinen impeachment action when Congress reconvenes in September
- July 14, 2016: Private Mike Pence, Trump's possible VP pick, might not release his tax returns either
- July 10, 2016: Las Vegas strip club gets 1099 from Floyd Mayweather
- July 3, 2016: July is a big birthday month for IRS & Baby Boomers
- June 27, 2016: Electronic advisory committee urges IRS to dive even deeper into the digital pool
- June 18, 2016: Bloomberg taking effort to tax sugary drinks nationwide
- June 12, 2016: No posts last week at my other tax blog. Even tax geeks take a vacation now and then.
- June 5, 2016: Moving expenses are tax deductible, but don't go crazy with claims
- May 27, 2016: Small businesses are easy state tax scam targets
- May 23, 2016: DEA considering easing federal marijuana law
- May 15, 2016: Texas former billionaire Sam Wyly convicted of tax fraud
- May 10, 2016: Panama Papers players revealed in massive online database, but no big name Americans on the list
- April 30, 2016: Tax gap hits $458 billion
- April 26, 2016: IRS needs to address its insider tax ID theft risks
- April 17, 2016: Fix the tax code, not just the tax-filing process
- April 10, 2016: Near a 7-Eleven? Pop in, pick up a Slurpee and pay your IRS tax bill in cash … but plan ahead and be careful
- April 3, 2016: IRS refunds still trickling out
- March 27, 2016: Problems with prepaid card tax refunds
- March 20, 2016: IRS 2016 refunds around same amount, at same pace; not so in many states
- March 10, 2016: Ways & Means chairman promises more Congressional scrutiny of IRS security procedures
- March 6, 2016: IRS 'Future State' plans and service, security concerns
- Feb. 27, 2016: A look at IRS seizure, civil forfeiture rules
- Feb. 18, 2016: IRS issues an extra tax phishing alert on the heels of its annual Dirty Dozen tax scams list
- Feb. 11, 2016: Super Bowl jock taxes mean some players pay more in taxes than they made from the NFL championship game
- Feb. 6, 2016: TaxSlayer data breach is the 3rd tax software-related security issue so far this filing season
- Jan. 30, 2016: Global income inequality tied to worldwide tax havens
- Jan. 24, 2016: Taxpayers want up-front pricing from paid tax preparers
- Jan. 17, 2016: Lotteries aren't budget bonanzas for states
- Jan. 10, 2016: 24 top taxpayer problems of 2015
- Jan. 3, 2016: 6 reasons why a flat tax is not a good idea. Although these posts are from last week of December 2015, I've included them here since the ol' blog's post about them went up on the first Sunday of 2016.
If you've got some spare time and enjoy tax retrospectives, you can digitally thumb through the archives of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 posts on the ol' blog about what I posted those last weeks at my other tax blog.
And finally, thanks for reading -- here, there and everywhere!