By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.com
It's not tax time just yet, but it's looming uncomfortably on the horizon. The conscientious among us have already filed their tax forms or are in the process of doing so. The rest of us hem, haw and put it off until the last minute, which this year comes two days later -- on April 17.
Apart from the punctual and the lackadaisical, another category of taxpayer exists: Those who, for one reason or another, fail to accurately disclose all of their earnings. Sometimes this is a simple mistake. Sometimes it's the accountant's fault. Sometimes it's a deliberate, bald-faced attempt to avoid paying what they owe.
Conventional wisdom would hold that celebrities should fall into none of those categories. After all, don't they have enough money to keep a reputable accountant on retainer, to ensure that all their I's are dotted and T's are crossed with the taxman?
As it turns out, not always. Some celebrities have not only fallen out of good standing with the
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By Bill Losey, contributor for CNBC.comRead More »from 15 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund
CFP, Retirement Strategist, Author
Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax RefundIs a tax refund coming your way? If you have already received your refund for 2011 or are about to receive it, you might want to think about the destiny of that money. Here are some possibilities.
1. Start (or add to) an emergency fund. Many people don't have a dedicated rainy day fund, only the presumption that they might have enough cash in case of a financial tight spot.
2. Invest in yourself. You could put the money toward education, career training, personal improvement, or some sort of personal experience with the potential to enhance your life.
3. Put it into an IRA or workplace retirement account. If you haven't maxed out your IRA this year or have a chance to get an employer match, why not?
4. Help your child open up a Roth IRA. Has your under-18 son or daughter worked and earned money this year? He or she can open a Roth IRA. Your child's contribution limit is $5,000 or the amount of his or her earned
- CNBC | Work + Money – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 4:41 PM EDT
By Cindy Perman, CNBC.comRead More »from The Killer Resume: How to Get Hired by the Machines
If you are still writing your resume for the humans, you're doing it wrong.
You want a job? Be nice to the robots.It's fine if you prep a human-friendly version to hand out in the interview but in this day and age, you need to have one that catches the eye of the machines - before they let you through the gate to speak to the humans.
"One secret to a killer resume is to use the right keywords to improve your performance with search engines," said Tony Lee, the publisher of CareerCast.com.
Remember the days when we learned how to orient our name vertically, add a picture and throw in a column format to really wow 'em?
Yeah, throw that out the window.
Remember when we strove to be concise on our resumes and not repeat ourselves?
Toss that one on the recycling pile.
Today, it's all about wooing the machines.
And in the same way that you choose your words carefully to woo someone you'd like to date, you have to choose your words carefully on your resume to woo the machines reading it.
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from 10 Easter Gifts Under $25
Thank You, Easter Bunny
Americans are expected to spend more on candy, flowers and little trinkets this year as they celebrate Easter, according to a survey by BIGinsight on behalf of the retail industry trade group, the National Retail Federation.
Spending on the holiday is expected to rise 11 percent from last year to about $16.8 billion. This means the average person celebrating will spend $145.28 on everything from candy to food to new Easter outfits.
That's no small sum, especially when you consider that most Americans are paying more for gasoline these days.
"Though the price of gas is on everyone's mind, Easter is one of the few holidays some consumers are willing to stretch their budgets, especially because many children look forward to treats and new outfits on Easter morning," said Matthew Shay, the federation's president and CEO.
To help the budget stretch further, we have rounded up some ideas for Easter gifts that cost less than
By Morgan Tornetta, CNBC.comRead More »from 10 Unique Neighborhood Coffee Shops
Unique Coffee Shops
Whether dark roast, light roast, with milk or black, no matter how you take your morning cup, you are part of a worldwide community of java drinkers that have made coffee one of the world's top-traded agricultural commodities.
For as many coffee drinkers as there are in the country, it seems there are just as many coffee shops, from international chains to the coffee house on the corner. To honor the best neighborhood shops in the country, coffee appliance maker Krups created its Best Brew Awards in 2011. Facebook users nominated and voted on cafes in major metropolitan areas to choose the winners.
"Krups is about coffee and beverages, and we want to support the industry and support the local coffee shops that are doing such a great job within the industry," Michele Lupton, Krups' director of marketing communication, told CNBC.com.
This year, voters chose 10 shops to receive the Best Brew Award. Check out the winners.
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By Meg Cadoux Hirshberg, Author of "For Better or For Work", Special to CNBC.comRead More »from Can Your Marriage Survive a Start-Up?
Can your marriage survive the start-up? 5 tips for entrepreneurs by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg author of, "For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families."
'For Better or For Work'The biggest illusion about entrepreneurship is that it is a solo activity.
If the business succeeds, it becomes a heroic narrative in which the entrepreneur, by dint of hard work and persistence, grasps the brass ring. But that's never all there is to the story. Like it or not, the family is sucked into the vortex that any business creates.
Launching a business is like adding another member to the household-one that regularly cries out for time, attention, and cash.
Only the entrepreneur can care for it-but the family hears and is affected by the squalling.
The start-up phase-which often lasts for years-is usually the most stressful for couples and families. Financial insecurity is at its peak, and the entrepreneur's level
By Christina Cheddar Berk, CNBC.comRead More »from Donald Trump...The Fragrance
What does success smell like? If you ask Donald Trump, he might say juniper, iced red currant and hints of coriander.
Success fragrance by Trump
Trump is taking another crack at joining a long line of celebrities with their own fragrance brands. Success by Trump is being manufactured by Perfumania Holdings' Five Star Fragrance unit, and will be available at Macy's starting this month.
Trump, who made his last attempt at a fragrance brand in 2004, couldn't have picked a better time to try again. According to market researcher NPD Group, sales of prestige fragrances rose 11 percent in 2011, the strongest showing in 15 years.
Celebrity fragrance sales outpaced the overall fragrance category, rising 57 percent from 2010 to 2011. Those sales were largely driven by celebrity brands for women.
Trump's new fragrance will be advertised on television and in a print campaign, featuring Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete.
According to the press release, the scent "exudes sophistication
By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.comRead More »from 10 Highest Grossing Fantasy Movies
On Friday, March 30, "Mirror, Mirror" will debut on movie screens across North America. The film is a live-action interpretation of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," starring Julia Roberts as the wicked queen and newcomer Lily Collins as the fairest one of all. This movie should not be confused with "Snow White and the Huntsman," which stars Kristen Stewart of the "Twilight" saga and has a June 1 release date. The budget for "Mirror, Mirror" is less than $90 million, according to studio reports. This makes it relatively inexpensive for a fantasy film, particularly one with an A-list star like Julia Roberts.
More representative of the fantasy genre is "John Carter," which was released earlier this month and had a budget of $250 million. Its opening-weekend domestic box office take was a mere $36 million, but that's fantasy filmmaking for you. It's a high-risk genre that requires spectacular visual effects and huge budgets, and the potential for failure
By Michelle Fox, CNBC.comRead More »from Surprising Ideas that Made Millions
Unique Million Dollar Ideas That May Surprise You
Have you ever seen a product or business and thought, "Why didn't I think of that?" While people daydream every day about striking it rich, only some have been lucky enough to come up with a million dollar idea.
Some entrepreneurs have found success with everyday products, like clothing and food. Others have dreamed up creations that are a bit more astounding. It may be a simple concept or one that is utterly unique. Either way, they may surprise you and will probably make you jealous.
Here we take a look at 10 surprising ideas that have earned more than a million in sales, and how the entrepreneurs behind the creations made it happen.
Check out these ideas that will make you say, "Why didn't I think of that?"
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Gauri Nanda liked her sleep, and liked to hit the snooze button … a lot. So when it came time to design a product for a class project
- CNBC | Fashion – Thu, Mar 15, 2012 2:03 PM EDT
By Katie Little, CNBC.comRead More »from Kiddie Couture: Designers Cash in on Childrenswear
The clothes may be small, but designers are betting on big business as they launch childrenswear brands.
Diane von Furstenberg's new collaboration with Gap is the latest of a string of designer forays into the children's fashion market.On Thursday, Diane von Furstenberg became the latest designer to venture into children's fashion as her signature wrap dresses and prints hit the racks at Gap Kids and Baby Gap in miniature sizes.
Ranging from $20 to $120, the pieces went on sale at U.S. stores today and will be available internationally on March 28.
"Versace, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta - they're all coming out with their kids' brands these days and targeting the U.S. market because it is becoming a new trend here as well," said Gina Rizzo, co-founder of Petite Parade.
While Europe has traditionally been a popular market for luxury childrenswear, the U.S. is now following suit.
"I think there's a lot more focus on the children's market design-wise, especially in this country, which was not that prevalent before," said Carolina Zapf, who designs the Baby CZ brand. "I mean historically