tax tipsThe deadline to file your 2013 taxes is right around the corner. Whether you’re doing your taxes yourself or making a last-minute appointment with a tax professional, here are some things to consider this year:

Your Must-Have 2014 Tax Filing Checklist It’s important to be thorough and correct when finishing up your return—even if you’re scrambling to file at the last minute. Review this checklist to make sure you have everything you need.

Filing 2013 Taxes Online? Know the Pros and Cons of Using a Tax Pro Trying to decide whether to do it yourself or use a tax pro? Here are a few factors to consider when making your decision.

Five Simple Steps to Help Prevent the IRS from Auditing You Scared of being audited? Don’t be. There are a few things you can do to help prevent the IRS from auditing you.

Tax Facts: 6 Tax Deductions to Remember This Tax Season Whether you deduct charitable contributions or medical expenses, make sure you’re aware of these key changes before you file.

How Do I Figure Out My Tax Bracket? The higher your tax bracket, the more taxes you pay. Here’s what you need to know to figure out your tax bracket.

Four Surprises to Avoid When Filing 2013 Taxes Unexpected tax surprises are never fun (unless you’re looking at a surprisingly big refund). Here are four curveballs to look out for this year.

Tax Questions: Can Unpaid Taxes Affect My Credit Score? If you have unpaid taxes, the IRS could place a lien on your credit report. Know how to help avoid a lien and what steps to take if you’re faced with one.

Tax Questions: Is Your Hobby Really a Business? Know whether your hobby is really a business. If it is, you may have access to certain tax deductions.

Seven Reasons the IRS May Keep Your Refund (and What to Do About It) There are a number of reasons the IRS may keep your tax refund, from unpaid balances to identity theft. Here’s what to know if the IRS keeps your refund.

Tax Tips: What If I Can’t Pay My Estimated Taxes? Learn how the IRS may work with you, and how to limit penalties and fees on late payments, if you can’t pay your estimated taxes.


Ilyce Glink is the author of over a dozen books, including the bestselling 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In! Her nationally syndicated column, “Real Estate Matters,” appears in newspapers from coast-to-coast, and her Expert Real Estate Tips YouTube channel has nearly 4 million views. She is the managing editor of the Equifax Finance Blog, publisher of, and owner of digital communications agency Think Glink Media. In addition to her WSB radio show and WGN radio contributions, she is also a frequent guest on National Public Radio. Ilyce is a frequent contributor to Yahoo and CBS News.