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‘Bar Stool Economics’ Helps Explain American Taxes

This 'Bar Stool Economics' story, in a very, very simplified manner, helped me to understand our tax system.  I do understand that there are so many codes/laws/loopholes/deductions/brackets and other what-nots that there is NO simple way to explain ALL of our tax system, but this 'story' helped me see the "big picture" of how things work

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Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday is August 3 – 4

Make plans now to do some back-to-school shopping next weekend. Louisiana's upcoming state sales tax holiday will be Aug. 3-4, 2012!

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California Mulls a $1 Tax on Cigarettes — Do You Support the Idea? [VIDEO]

Some people really like to smoke, while most who do are simply addicted to nicotine and can’t stop. And then there are those who hate cigarettes, smokers, smoke and the smell that comes with smoking, not to mention the enormous health problems and financial costs associated with this vice.

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IRS Loophole Will Make Some Rich, Are You One Of The Lucky? [VIDEO]

An IRS loophole is making some people rich, but where does the money come from?  From those of us who don't get to cash in, that's where.

There is an enormous amount of people here in the United States getting rich off the American government, and this video will either explain to you how to do it or make you flamin' mad.

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How Dangerous Is It to Drive on Tax Day?

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” And the two may be even more closely linked than we thought — a new study shows fatal car crashes rise on April’s annual tax deadline day.

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Eight Things To Know If You Get a Letter from the IRS

First of all, if you haven't filed yet, don't panic! You have until Tuesday, April 17, to file your 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a Washington D.C. holiday, falls this year on Monday, April 16, so we have two extra days to file this year.

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12 Ways You Can Tell That You Need a New Accountant

The deadline to pay for your taxes is just a couple of weeks away and if that’s a surprise to you, perhaps you should stop reading now and start looking in the phone book for an accountant who owns a calendar (or at least gives you a free one when you pay him).

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Taxpayers Upset Over Paying Security Bill for Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Taxpayers in Newark, N.J. are not too happy to learn that they will have to pay the bill for extra security that was provided for Whitney Houston‘s funeral last February. According to CBS 2, the city racked up $187,000 in police overtime during the pop icon’s funeral service.

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Should Soft Drinks and Other Sugary Drinks Be Taxed? — Survey of the Day

Much like cigarettes and alcohol are taxed, there is a movement afoot to levy similar charges on soft drinks and other sweetened beverages.

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IRS Releases List of States in America With Most Millionaires

In case you ever wondered where all the rich people lived, for hunting purposes, here is a handy little list released by our friends at the Internal Revenue Service.

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Does the IRS Owe You Money? Find Out!

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy is reaching out to Louisiana residents whose income tax refunds from years past are waiting to be claimed. Kennedy is advising Louisiana residents to check out the refund list at facebook.com/Louisi

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10 Crazy Work Expenses Employees Tried to Write Off

Expense reports usually have the standard boring stuff — hotel rooms, gas, cab fares, client dinners and the like. But Robert Half Management Resources has evidence of creativity within the work force.

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