The House would extend the payroll tax cut through 2012 while the Senate would extend it only 2 months. The measures also differ on benefits for the unemployed.
Democrats hope refusal to extend the tax cut will show the Republicans favor the rich. GOP argues that the public will see the two-month extension as a gimmick and blame the Dems.
Helping out those in need is always a good thing to do. But it's only sometimes tax-deductible. Make sure you know the rules.
You'll get a bigger deducation if the charity uses your car rather than sells it. Either way, be sure to follow the rules and save the paperwork.
No, you can't make a whole year's payments and save more. Be careful that accelerated payments don't throw you into an Alternative Minimum Tax situation.
One-Percenter of the Week: Earning 47% more than the No. 2 chief executive in 2010, McKesson's John Hammergren tops a new list of well-compensated honchos.
A new poll finds support for continuing the payroll tax cut and deep discontent with Congress. More voters favor service cuts over tax increases.
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