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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 7:14PM on Smart SpendingBy Karen Datko

The idea is increasingly popular as state governments struggle to balance their budgets.

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 16, 2010 6:41PM on Smart TaxesBy Kay Bell

Tax deal lets homeowners continue to deduct PMI, but some will lose the right to deduct property taxes.

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.

Dec 15, 2010 7:16PM on Smart TaxesBy Teresa Mears

Current plan would exempt 40,000 estates from tax next year. Democrats say that gives too much to the wealthy.

Dec 10, 2010 10:08AM on Smart SpendingBy Karen Datko

2010 sees home prices sink by $1.7 trillion. Falling taxes deprive communities of crucial services.

Dec 8, 2010 5:38PM on Smart SpendingBy Money Staff

After weeks of Washington back-and-forth, President Obama and GOP leaders have reached an uneasy agreement. But will what helps families now hurt them later?

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