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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
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
TAX REPORT
Death and Taxes: Biden Wants to Step Down the ‘Step-Up’ on Investment Gains
The new administration’s proposal would curtail a longstanding tax exemption for investment appreciation, a potentially significant tax hit to wealthy Americans when they die.
Laura SaundersApril 30, 2021
TAX REPORT
New Investors Discover Tax Pitfalls of Robinhood and Other Trading Apps
Common tax-minimizing strategies are difficult or impossible to implement on the trading platforms that have boomed in popularity in the past year.
Laura SaundersApril 16, 2021
PERSONAL FINANCE
Mortgage Interest Deduction: Who Gets It?
The near-doubling of the standard deduction and caps on eligible mortgages mean that many fewer taxpayers are taking the mortgage-interest deduction.
Laura Saunders and Richard RubinApril 8, 2021
PERSONAL FINANCE
Child Tax Credit, Including How the 2021 Relief Bill Changed It
Congress expanded child tax credits significantly for 2021. For many filers with children, the child tax credits are more valuable than the personal exemption.
Laura Saunders and Richard RubinApril 8, 2021
PERSONAL FINANCE
Standard Deduction 2020-2021: What It Is and How it Affects Your Taxes
The expansion of the standard deduction and repeal of the personal exemption are affecting millions of Americans.
Laura Saunders and Richard RubinApril 8, 2021
PERSONAL FINANCE
Estate and Gift Taxes 2020-2021: Here’s What You Need to Know
Assets given away during a taxpayer’s life or left at death are subject to gift or estate taxes. Use this guide to understand what those taxes are and who owes them.
Laura Saunders and Richard RubinApril 8, 2021
PERSONAL FINANCE
Withholdings, Estimated Taxes and What to Do About Unemployment Benefits
Many taxpayers are required to pay at least 90% of their taxes before the due date–May 17, 2021 for 2020 taxes. Use this guide to know how Covid-19 affected that.
Laura Saunders and Richard RubinApril 8, 2021
PERSONAL FINANCE
2020-2021 Capital Gains and Dividend Tax Rates
The tax rates on capital gains and dividends depend on how long you hold an investment, your taxable income and filing status. Use this guide to know the basics.
Laura Saunders and Richard RubinApril 8, 2021
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