Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Tax Bills for the Rich Approach 30-Year High

With Washington gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates.

How Far Over the Fiscal Cliff Could Washington Go?

The dealmakers who warn that a year-end plunge off the "fiscal cliff" would be disastrous don't seem to be rushing to stop it. Why aren't they panicking? Because those master procrastinators know that Washington deadlines are rarely firm, and they know precisely how they can finagle more time.

Fiscal Cliff Pop Quiz: Fun Facts from the Economic Apocalypse

On Jan. 1, 2013, the United States will fall over off the fiscal cliff -- unless Congress and the president ink a deal to avert the crisis. If you think you know all about the forthcoming economic apocalypse -- or if you're just wondering what all the fuss is about -- check out our quiz and see.

Where Bake Sales Meet Daily Deals: Welcome to Schoola.com

Here's one trend: School budgets are getting sliced year after year, leaving parents and PTAs struggling fill in the gaps. Here's another: Groupon-style daily deal sites are still extremely popular. Enter Schoola, a startup that funnels profits from discount deals straight into classrooms.

107 Days: That's How Long It'll Take to Pay Your Taxes

More than three months of your hard-earned wages are going straight to your tax bill this year. Americans will spend an average of 29% of their income on federal, state and local taxes in 2012, the Tax Foundation announced Monday.

Poor and Elderly: The 5 Worst States to Grow Old In

It's a tough time to be old in America, and it's worse than you may realize: According to a recent report, on average, if government benefits were taken out of the equation, the elderly would have far less income than they'd need to survive. Here's where the problem is worst.

Cutting Medicare Eligibility Would Cost U.S. Billions

Among the many ideas legislators in Washington have proposed for reducing federal spending is raising the age at which Americans qualify for Medicare benefits from 65 to 67. On the surface, that makes sense. But scratch the surface and the numbers show it to be an $11 billion blunder.

Could Congress Eliminate the Federal Budget Deficit?

The annual U.S. budget deficit is well over a trillion dollars, and in the long term, that's unsustainable. But a closer look at the sources of most of that gap shows that balancing the budget wouldn't be nearly as hard as it might at first appear.