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Tuesday August 4th, 2015

Attorney at Law | Certified Public Accountant | Licensed Real Estate Appraiser | Licensed Real Estate Broker

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Tuesday August 4th, 2015

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A New Tax Break for Married Couples

The IRS has just issued final rules detailing a generous estate-tax break for millions of couples. Here’s how to take advantage of it.

U.S. Investors May Owe China

As access to mainland-listed ‘A shares’ expands, there are questions about tax on gains from 2009 through last year.

Taxes: How to Reverse a Mistake

To fix an error on your tax return, file an amended return on Form 1040X.

Last-Minute Moves Before Tax Man Calls

As April 15 nears, taxpayers face new provisions and a harder time getting help from the IRS. Here’s how to avoid pitfalls.

How Cheating on Taxes Led to Prison

The cautionary tale of an Atlanta-area entrepreneur with a secret Swiss bank account who didn’t report all his income.

Protect Yourself From Tax Identity Theft

Hackers are using stolen identities to commit tax refund fraud. Here are moves to limit the risk—and steps to take if you’re a victim.

Taxes: Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving

Not every donor or every contribution qualifies for a tax deduction.

Fraud Alert: What TurboTax Users Need to Know Now

Answers to questions people are asking after a spate of bogus tax filings.

Don't Fall Into a Tax Trap

With the April 15 deadline looming, here are the hidden hazards that can cost taxpayers money—or get them in trouble with the IRS.

Some Closing Thoughts on Taxes

Tom Herman’s last Sunday WSJ ‘Tax Tip’ column on selling your home, audits and the alternative minimum tax.

Why 'Free File' for Taxes Isn't So Popular

Here is how taxpayers can navigate the maze of offerings and avoid unnecessary charges.

For Most Taxpayers, No More Income Averaging

Lawmakers repealed income averaging many years ago for most taxpayers. But they made some exceptions: People in farming or fishing may still qualify for a form of income averaging.

States That Tax Social Security Benefits

Minnesota is among 13 states that slap some kind of tax on Social Security income. Some of those states, among them Connecticut and Montana, have separate calculations and/or income limits to determine taxable benefits.

IRS Giveaway: Tax-Filing Software

About 70% of all taxpayers are eligible for free federal income-tax-preparation and electronic-filing software through a program known as ‘Free File.’

A Big No-No If You're Giving to a Charity From Your IRA

Not all charities are created equal when it comes to giving directly from your retirement account, warns Tom Herman.

Social Security's New Income Rules

The cap on taxable income is rising this year.

Clements: Misguided Money Ideas I Keep Hearing

Jonathan Clements responds to readers on when to claim Social Security, buying individual bonds or bond funds, and whether to pay off a mortgage early.

Iran’s Declared Sites Subject to Continual Inspection

How do we know Iran does not already have enough enriched material to make a bomb or does not already possess one?

Vast Resources plc Conclusion Of Agreement To Acquire 50.1 Per Cent. Interest In Manaila Mine Subject To Conditions Precedent

College Tuition Q&A

Experts answer more questions from readers about saving and paying for college.

IRS Takes Aim at an Estate-Planning Strategy

It is targeting the use of partnerships and companies to pass a family business or securities to children at a discounted value.

A New Joint Effort to Combat Tax Identity Theft

The IRS, state officials and tax-preparation firms are among those working together to try to block criminals from using stolen identities to claim fraudulent refunds.

Tax Breaks Remain in Limbo

Several juicy tax breaks expired at the end of last year but may—or may not—be revived by Congress for this year.

An Entrepreneur Finds Profit in Pets

By saving and investing in in her dog day care, a Detroit woman finds success.

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Review: Funny Filmmaking Meets Serious Subject

A latter-day Holden Caulfield sets out with his only friend to make a documentary about a sick classmate.

What You Need to Know if Grandma Pays the Tuition

Experts answer more questions from readers about saving and paying for college.

The New Rules of Offshore Accounts

Deadlines are looming for U.S. taxpayers who live abroad or have other global financial ties. Here are tips on avoiding pitfalls.

Ask Encore: When You Forget a Required IRA Withdrawal

Answering reader questions on IRA required minimum distributions and Social Security spousal benefits.

U.S. Seeks Details on Top China Official Amid Bank-Hiring Probe

The SEC is seeking information about a Chinese anticorruption official in connection with its probe of J.P. Morgan’s hiring of relatives of Chinese government officials.

Thinking of Buying a Home Abroad?

A strong dollar has helped make properties outside the U.S. more affordable, but there are complications to consider.

A Way to Make Big Gifts to Family Without Tax

A recent Tax Court ruling cleared a couple’s use of so-called Crummey trusts to give $1.6 million free of U.S. gift or estate tax.