The furlough of government employees would cause some pain, particularly to those 800,000 who would have to go without a paycheck.
Left unchecked, rising public debt could mean higher interest rates and a slower economy.
The average refund is $3,164 this year, and most people plan to save or pay off debt. For those who plan to spend it, here are some suggestions.
Some cash-strapped cities are charging out-of-towners for use of police, emergency responders and other services.
Follow the rules, take advantage of free help, organize your records and know when you need a pro.
Texas and California lead the nation in residents who wait until the last week to file their returns.
Big companies use all the legal tools at their disposal to cut the amount they pay the government.
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