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ProPublica has reported extensively about taxes, the IRS Free File program and the IRS. Specifically, the ways in which the for-profit tax preparation industry — companies like Intuit (TurboTax), H&R Block and Tax Slayer — has lobbied for the Free File program, then systematically undermined it with evasive search tactics and confusing design. These companies also work to fill search engine results with tax “guides” that sometimes route users to paid products.

Are Unemployment Benefits Taxed?

Unemployment benefits are subject to both state and federal income taxes, but it’s not always straightforward. Here’s how to avoid a surprise tax bill.

What Forms Do I Need to File My Taxes and Where Can I Get Them?

For 2021, the tax deadline for individuals was extended to May 17. This list highlights the most common tax forms and which ones you might need, depending on your circumstances.

When Are Taxes Due?

In response to another complicated tax year, the IRS has extended the deadline for individual tax filing from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021.

Where Is My Tax Refund?

For many Americans, hitting “submit” isn’t the last step in the tax-filing process. Here’s what you need to know about checking your return’s status, reasons it may be delayed and the truth about companies that promise quick cash during tax season.

What Are 2020’s Tax Brackets, and Will I Get Audited?

Knowing your income is just the first step to understanding how much you will be taxed. This guide will help you understand how the U.S. tax system works and where you fit into it.

What Is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and Do I Qualify for It?

The earned income tax credit is meant to reduce the amount that low- and moderate-income Americans have to pay in taxes — and it can sometimes result in a refund. Figuring out whether you qualify can be confusing. This guide can help.

How to File Your State and Federal Taxes for Free in 2021

TurboTax and other tax prep services advertise themselves as “free,” but we found several ways that they tricked people into paying. Here’s our guide to preparing and filing your 2020 taxes without falling into that trap.

The Most Common IRS Tax Forms You’re Likely to Come Across When Filing

For 2020, the tax deadline was extended to July 15. Here’s a guide to the most common tax forms and when they’re used — as well as other things to keep in mind when filing during COVID-19.

What’s the Deal With Coronavirus Stimulus Checks, and How Do I Get One?

The IRS is responsible for dispersing coronavirus stimulus checks to Americans who qualify and has started doing so as of mid-April 2020. But for many people, lots of questions lie between them and their “checks.” Here’s what you need to know.

What Is the New Deadline to File Taxes? A Coronavirus Update.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. income tax deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020, to allow Americans more time to file their taxes. Here’s everything you need to know about the new deadline.

Where Is My Tax Refund?

For many Americans, hitting “submit” isn’t the last step in the tax filing process. Here’s everything you need to know about checking your return’s status, reasons it may be delayed and the truth about companies that promise quick cash during tax season.

What Are 2019’s Tax Brackets, and Who Gets Audited the Most?

Knowing your income is just the first step to understanding how much you will be taxed. This guide will help you understand how the US tax system works, and where you fit into it.

What Is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and Do I Qualify for It?

The earned income tax credit is meant to reduce the amount that low- to moderate-income Americans have to pay in taxes — and it can sometimes result in a refund. Figuring out whether you qualify can be confusing. This guide can help.

How to File Your State and Federal Taxes for Free in 2020

TurboTax and other tax prep services advertised themselves as “free,” but we found several ways that they tricked people into paying. Here's our guide to preparing and filing your taxes without falling into a trap.

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