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Jan 20, 2011 3:49PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

Making the tax code less complex would mean creating new groups of winners and losers. Does Congress have the guts?

Jan 10, 2011 1:24PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

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.

Dec 27, 2010 1:07PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

Homeowners who don't itemize lost a deduction, but TV producers, rum makers and race horse buyers gained.

Dec 21, 2010 4:29PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

Tax credit for energy-saving improvements was extended, but won't be nearly as generous in 2011. That means a rush now.

Dec 17, 2010 4:23PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

Hedge-fund managers and affluent taxpayers mostly do well, but couples earning less than $40,000 may pay more taxes.

Dec 17, 2010 12:29PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

The package extends many Bush-era tax breaks, including lower rates, and cuts the Social Security payroll tax from 6.2% to 4.2%.

Dec 16, 2010 7:04PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

Taxpayers who didn't have enough withheld because of the Making Work Pay credit will have to pay up when they file.

Dec 15, 2010 7:58PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

Provisions on Coverdell accounts, capital gains, IRA gifts to charity and other extensions benefit those who are not rich.

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