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)
- Credit freezes are now free – but do you need one? – Credit freezes, which keep lenders and other companies from viewing your credit, are now free. We compared them to other credit protection tools, including locks and monitoring services. Here's how to use them all to protect yourself ...
- Employer credit checks: Who does them, how they work and what laws apply – If you're applying for a new job, a credit check could determine your fate, depending on the position and where it's based. Here's how they work and what to expect ...
- My card issuer of 25 years suddenly wants to know more about me – Under the Patriot Act, banks are required to verify the identities of their customers and maintain accurate information on them. But my bank's demand to know how I earn my income is an invasion of my privacy ...