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Laura Saunders
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Laura Saunders has long specialized in writing about taxes, first at Forbes and since 2009 for the Wall Street Journal. “Taxes sit squarely at the intersection of economics and politics, with consequences for everybody,” she says. When not writing about the code, she indulges her passion for literature and has published essays on Ralph Ellison, Flannery O’Connor, and Herman Melville. She earned a B.A. from Sewanee: the University of the South, and an M.A. from Columbia University. She lives with her family in New York City. Follow her at @Saunderswsj and Google+.
LATEST ARTICLES
TAX REPORT
Democrats Want to Raise Taxes. Here’s Your To-Do List.
Consider making these moves before year-end to stay ahead of Uncle Sam.
Laura SaundersSeptember 17, 2021
TAX REPORT
The IRS’s 11 Million ‘Math Error’ Notices
Tax changes like the ones brought by last year’s stimulus payments often trigger a surge in such problems; addressing them can lead to headaches for taxpayers
Laura SaundersSeptember 3, 2021
TAX REPORT
Quirks in a U.S. Treaty With Malta Turn Into a Tax Play for the Rich
An offshore tax shelter promises rich Americans they can avoid lots of capital-gains taxes by setting up pension plans in Malta—and maybe some can.
Laura SaundersAugust 20, 2021
TAX REPORT
Your Child Tax Credit Payment Just Arrived. Are You Sure You Want It?
More than 35 million U.S. households are now getting monthly cash payments of their 2021 child tax credits. While the payments will help some families greatly, they could also bring unexpected tax bills next year.
Laura SaundersJuly 15, 2021
TAX REPORT
What Peter Thiel’s Roth IRA Means for Yours
The new focus on retirement-account limits raises questions about saving strategies for everyone, not just the superrich
Laura SaundersJuly 2, 2021
TAX REPORT
Capital Gains: A Century-Old Tax Break Gets a Rush of Attention
The Biden administration wants to raise tax rates on investment profits for the highest earners. Some Americans who aren’t in the top tier would be affected as well.
Laura SaundersJune 18, 2021
TAX REPORT
It’s a Seller’s Housing Market. Here’s the Tax Break to Know.
A tax exemption allows millions of Americans to skip taxes when they sell their homes at a profit. A Biden administration proposal would take a larger bite from some sellers with the biggest gains.
Laura SaundersJune 4, 2021
PERSONAL FINANCE
Tax Day: Here’s What You Need To Know About Today’s Tax Deadline
The Internal Revenue Service is again offering relief to individual taxpayers, delaying by about a month the deadline for filing and paying 2020 tax returns.
Laura SaundersMay 17, 2021
TAX REPORT
The IRS Is Coming for Crypto Investors Who Haven’t Paid Their Taxes
On the hunt for tax cheats, Uncle Sam is winning court battles to force cryptocurrency exchanges to reveal their customers. Your big unreported profits on bitcoin, ether or dogecoin could translate into big problems with the IRS.
Laura SaundersMay 14, 2021
TAX REPORT
Millions of Americans Are Waiting for the IRS to Pay Up
The IRS is grappling with unprecedented delays caused by the pandemic and late changes to the law.
Laura SaundersMay 7, 2021
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