Dec. 31 is the deadline to sell losing investments, open a Keogh account or donate to charity for the 2010 tax year.
Homeowners who don't itemize lost a deduction, but TV producers, rum makers and race horse buyers gained.
You have one more week to pay property taxes, add energy-saving improvements, dump losing stocks and empty your FSA account.
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%.
Tax deal lets homeowners continue to deduct PMI, but some will lose the right to deduct property taxes.
The child tax credit and other tax breaks mean more middle-class earners are paying no federal tax at all. Is that right?
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