Welcome to Don't Mess With Taxes. I'm Kay Bell, a journalist by training and trade; a tax geek by choice.
I began this blog in 2005 (Nov. 14, 2005, to be precise if you'd like to make a calendar note to send an anniversary/birthday card) after moving back home to Texas and starting my own writing business.
Over the years, I've covered a ton of tax stuff. Sometimes even I get lost trying to track down a past post.
So I've created this index/table of contents. It should help all of us find what we're looking for.
Year-round Tax Tips and Money moves -- Daily, Weekly and as needed tax tips
Tax Glossary (still a work in progress)
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: My first ever blog post!
Following Follow-up Friday: Updates to previous posts
Beyond the Blog -- The following links are more tax and financial sites that I contribute (or contributed) to, as well as some strictly fun pages related to my little bit of non-tax time.
Books Kay wrote as sole author or as a contributor
The Truth About Paying Fewer Taxes: I wrote this book in 2009 as part of the popular FT Press "truth about" series. It covers just what the title says.
Personal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management: This reference book, published by ABC-CLIO in 2015, is designed for high school and college students and the educators who teach those subjects. I contributed chapters on an overview of the federal tax system, tax returns, tax deferral, online personal finance options, and flexible spending accounts.
Future Millionaires' Guidebook: I joined several of my Bankrate colleagues to produce this Book Baby ebook in 2012. My chapters? Taxes of course! I provided a comprehensive (but succinct) look at everything from payroll withholding to deduction options to saving for retirement. In addition, I wrote the estate planning chapter, which included, you guessed it, the tax component of this important financial step and cited the wise words of the great Canadian rock bank Rush.
The Gambler's Guide To Taxes: How to Keep More of What You Win: Several of my Bankrate.com tax articles are included in this handbook, published by Lyle Stuart in 2003, for bettors looking to protect more of their winnings from the IRS.
Worth: A look at personal finance from the pages of Austin Woman magazine
Crazy Woman Driver: Kay's auto racing rants and raves from the pages of Randall-Reilly truckers' magazines
Rocking Around Austin: There's more to life than taxes. Really. Here are some concerts the hubby and I have enjoyed since our return to the Lone Star State.
As time goes on, I'll be tweaking this index, adding new features, refining what's here.
If you're looking for something not listed here, try the search feature over in the right column under the "What are you looking for?" header.
There also are some tax topic groupings in the tabs at the top of the page, just under my banner.
Don't forget the Archives page, which compiles all my posts chronologically by month, as well as alphabetically lists the categories for my blog posts.
Finally, you can always contact me -- via email or send a 140-character Twitter message (I'm @taxtweet) or jot a wall note at the ol' blog's Facebook page -- if you have questions about a tax topic you think/know I blogged about but can't find.
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Thanks for reading!