Both parties want to extend the Social Security tax cut, but they disagree sharply over how to pay for it. Plus, politics is at play in dictating what discussions to have when.
The White House turns to social media to make its case for the payroll tax extension. For a taxpayer making $50,000 a year, it means about $40 per 2-week pay period.
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.
A new poll finds support for continuing the payroll tax cut and deep discontent with Congress. More voters favor service cuts over tax increases.
President Obama's proposal for tax reform and a simplified tax code will run into trouble once talk turns to ending specific tax benefits.
Low-income workers may actually pay higher taxes this year, with the loss of the Making Work pay credit.
Dec. 31 is the deadline to sell losing investments, open a Keogh account or donate to charity for the 2010 tax year.
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