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Waitress Returns $400,000 Tax Refund

Virginia Hopkins was looking forward to getting her tax refund. And why wouldn’t she be, as Uncle Sam owed the waitress from Cleveland $754.

When she finally received her letter from the IRS, she tour it open and then got the shock of her life. Hopkins was staring at a check for $434,712.

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by mary thompson, flickr
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Americans Would Rather Deal with the Agony of Doing Taxes Than Make Healthy Food Choices

Which do you think is easier — doing your own taxes or trying to figure out how to make healthy sections in your diet?

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Justin Sullivan/Getty
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Australian Council Considers Crazy 400 Percent ‘Fat Tax’ Against Fast Food Joints [VIDEO]

As part of an effort to fight obesity, Darebin Council in northern Melbourne, Australia, is considering a “fat tax” which would impose whopping rate increases on fast food giants like McDonald’s and KFC.

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perspective, Flickr
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Have Higher Cigarette Taxes Driven People to Smoke Pipes and Cigars? — Dollars and Sense

Three years ago, a federal act meant to help reduce the number of people who smoke greatly increased the tax rates for cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and small cigars, counting on the fact that making smoking more expensive would prompt people to quit.

And while it may have caused some to do so, the move had an unintended effect: sales of pipe tobacco and large cigars, which aren’t taxed quite as harshly, have boomed.

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
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Is the US Tax System the Best in the World? [POLL]

Perhaps tax season, and all the stress and frustrations it can bring, isn’t the best time to ask Americans what they think of our system of taxation.

But that’s what Rasmussen Reports did.

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Mario Tama, Getty Images
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Do You Support the Buffett Rule? [POLL]

Named for billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who has argued that he shouldn’t pay a lower tax rate than his secretary, the Buffett Rule would mandate a minimum 30 percent tax rate for any household which makes over $1 million a year.

But is  the  rest of country onboard with such an idea?

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
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How Dangerous Is It to Drive on Tax Day?

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” And the two may be even more closely linked than we thought — a new study shows fatal car crashes rise on April’s annual tax deadline day.

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10 Fascinating Facts About Tax Preparation That Will Actually Blow Your Mind

Amount of income, number of deductions, total receipts, amount of times you banged your head on the table: April is the month of figures.

If the amount of money in your bank account and number on your tax return are making you crazy, take a break, take a breath and distract yourself with some of these numbers from the IRS.

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