Making the tax code less complex would mean creating new groups of winners and losers. Does Congress have the guts?
With all the maneuvering, it's hard to keep up without a scorecard. Here are the major changes that will affect your taxes this year.
Homeowners who don't itemize lost a deduction, but TV producers, rum makers and race horse buyers gained.
Tax credit for energy-saving improvements was extended, but won't be nearly as generous in 2011. That means a rush now.
Hedge-fund managers and affluent taxpayers mostly do well, but couples earning less than $40,000 may pay more taxes.
The package extends many Bush-era tax breaks, including lower rates, and cuts the Social Security payroll tax from 6.2% to 4.2%.
Taxpayers who didn't have enough withheld because of the Making Work Pay credit will have to pay up when they file.
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Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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