No, you can't deduct credit card interest (usually), job-hunting clothes or commuting costs. But people keep thinking they can.
Citibank sent out 1099s this year, counting miles awarded in a promotion as income. That judgment may be right, but here's how to deal with the inflated value Citi put on the miles.
The list of cheap buys includes a couple of battered blue chips as well as some small, fast-growing companies you've never heard of.
A proposal would make illegal immigrants ineligible for the child tax credit and use that money for the payroll tax cut. Opponents say that's not fair to the children, who are often US citizens.
A chopped, breaded and fried bit of poultry called the McBite is one of the reasons profits are up. Are they healthy? To the bottom line, yes.
The contentious issue remains how it will be funded. Four negotiating sessions have yielded plenty of political rhetoric, but no progress.
The candidates all talk about improving the system, but there is no consensus on what to change. Closing 'loopholes' is unlikely to win votes.
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