Credit cards and your taxes
How credit cards can help -- or hurt -- you at tax time
The deadline to file your taxes is just around the corner. To help you navigate through your paperwork, the CreditCards.com staff has assembled a series of articles to help explain your tax payment options, to offer advice on the best ways to handle a refund and to look at how the IRS treats settled credit card debt and credit card rewards.
If you're one of those who owe and don't have the cash to pay up, you may be tempted to pull out a credit card. Before you do, make sure you understand all the ways it will cost you ... (more)
The Internal Revenue Service has decided that taxpayers who use their credit or debit cards to pay federal tax bills need a break, but it is only available to those filers who itemize their deductions ... (more)
Pay Uncle Sam with your thumbs? Yes, you can, with new or improved smartphone tax apps that let you file taxes, guesstimate refunds and more ... (more)
If you're getting a tax refund this year, it may be tempting to take that cash to the track or the mall. Financial experts have another suggestion: Stop and examine your credit card debt situation ... (more)
As RALs went away, tax refund anticipation checks (RACs) took their place, which offer a way to delay payment of tax prep fees, but also come with a hefty fees and surcharges ... (more)
Loading your tax refund on a prepaid card has its benefits, especially if you don't have a bank account, but watch out for fees as they may take a big bite out of your payback ... (more)
With a mortgage on the horizon and several maxed-out cards, what's the best way to apply a tax refund to the balances to maximize credit score? ... (more)
Consumers who thought they'd ended their financial problems when they negotiated to settle their debts for less than the full amount are finding their money woes may be far from over ... (more)
Wonder why you received a 1099-C in the mail? Most taxpayers don't realize forgiven debt is considered income, and questions abound ... (more)
The IRS considers forgiven debt to be taxable income -- usually. There are, however, six exceptions to paying tax on that debt you didn't have to pay. Do you qualify? ... (more)
The IRS treats reward miles like coupons or rebates, not like income or expenses ... (more)
Updated: February 23, 2016
- Appeals court rejects $7.25 billion swipe-fee settlement – An appeals court overturned a 2012 swipe-fee settlement that allowed merchants to surcharge Visa and MasterCard credit card transactions ...
- Why your credit card issuer really wants to text you – MasterCard and Visa will require that all card issuers provide opt-in alert programs for potentially fraudulent transactions ...
- Maximum fee rises to $38 for repeat late fees – The Consumer Financial Protection bureau raised the maximum late fee that credit cards can charge for repeat late fees by $1 ...