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8 States Making Tax Changes: Some Painful, Some Pleasant

As you prepare your tax returns for 2012, be warned: A number of states have made or are considering big changes to their state income taxes. With some of those changes already having taken effect, you need to know whether you're in the line of fire -- or in line for a tax break.

What Amazon's Latest Sales Tax Deal Means for Shoppers, Retailer

Residents of Massachusetts will pay a little more to buy gifts on Amazon.com next holiday season. In its ninth such deal, Amazon has agreed to collect state sales tax on purchases made from the Bay State. Could these moves by states cost the e-commerce giant its edge on pricing?

Pop Quiz: What Were 2012's Strangest Ballot Propositions?

While the main event on Tuesday night was the presidential election, many voters also had the opportunity to amend their local or state laws -- and some of those propositions were more than a bit off-the-wall. Curious about the bold and bizarre ideas that made the ballot? Take our quiz.

Amazon's Sales Tax Advantage May Soon End in Massachusetts

In a move designed to level the playing field for local retailers on the cusp of the make-or-break holiday selling season, Massachusetts is maneuvering to collect state sales tax from e-tailing behemoth Amazon.com, according to the Boston Herald.

Presidential Debate Preview: What They'll Say About Obamacare

Wednesday's first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is being hyped as an epic battle: More likely, it'll be a highly scripted rehash of well-worn talking points. But if real drama does occurs, one likely flashpoint will be health care reform.

The 5 Richest and 5 Poorest States in America

Median household income in the United States declined for the second straight year in 2011, the Census Bureau reports -- falling more than 8% below its 2007 pre-recession peak. But some states are faring far better than the average -- and, of course, some are faring far worse.

Holy Smokes! Some People Spend 25% of Their Income on What?!

As far as bad habits go, smoking is a popular example of one to give up. Now there's a new report that makes a dramatic financial case for quitting: In New York State, low-income smokers are spending roughly one-quarter of their income on cigarettes.

Red States Are the Big Winners from Obamacare's New Rules

To bring some parts of Obamacare online, Washington will have to work with the states, some which have governors intensely opposed to the program. But many of the states whose leaders like Obamacare the least are the ones that will benefit from it the most.

Massachusetts Man Pays Off Mortgage with Pennies

A Massachusetts man who long ago pledged to make his last mortgage payment with pennies has fulfilled that promise, dropping off 800 pounds of them for the final payment on the Milford home he and his wife bought in 1977.

Who Are the Nation's Biggest Suckers? Lottery Players

As bizarre as it sounds, 21% of American adults agreed with the statement: "Winning the lottery represents the most practical way [for me] to accumulate several hundred thousand dollars." Those 21% couldn't be more wrong.

Super Tuesday: What It Could Mean for Your Wallet

There are more than 400 delegates up for grabs across 10 states in the Super Tuesday GOP presidential primaries. While the votes are being tallied, we offer this outline of the business and money policy positions of frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum:

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.

Cheesecake Factory Lawsuit Is a Victory for Cheapskates

When Alan DeCew ordered one of the Cheesecake Factory's specialty margaritas -- without knowing the price -- he was shocked to discover it rang up at an exorbitant $11. Most patrons would grumble to themselves and move on. DeCew sued.

Wrecks to Riches: Hunting Billions in Sunken Treasure

In the Mediterranean waters near Giglio, treasure hunters are preparing to dive after the lost loot of the Costa Concordia. But the riches that went down with that cruise ship pale next to what one wreck hunter thinks he's found off the coast of Massachusetts: $3 billion in platinum.

The 10 Worst States to Retire In: They're Frosty and Costly

TopRetirements.com has named the 10 worst states in which to retire based in factors such as taxes and climate. Every retirement is unique, but before you end up living out your golden years chilly and underfunded, check out this list.

Remember to Thank Canada for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

When it comes to eating locally, it's hard to beat the original Thanksgiving dinner. Today's holiday diners have far more options than the Pilgrims, and the string beans, sweet potatoes, cranberries and such on your table may come from abroad -- but they probably didn't have to come too far.

5 Hot Utility Stocks After Snowstorm's Winter Wipeout

Utility stocks were down Monday in the wake of the wicked winter storm that tossed the Northeast over the weekend. But it's on panicky days like these that long-term investors want to be taking a second look at utilities. Not only are they less volatile than fast-growing tech stocks, some pay hefty dividends.

10 Worst States for Student Debt

The amount of student loan debt in America will exceed $1 trillion this year, and this week, President Obama acted to ease the burden on millions of college graduates. Which states need that help the most? 24/7 Wall Street breaks down the 10 states with the worst levels of student debt.

Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren Entering Massachusetts Senate Race

Consumer advocate and Democrat Elizabeth Warren will enter the Massachusetts Senate primary for a shot at challenging incumbent Republican Scott Brown for his seat. Warren will formally declare she's running on Wednesday, Kyle Sullivan, a Warren spokesman, said. She plans to greet commuters in Boston and make other stops during the day across the state.

Jackpot! States With Biggest Lottery Payouts

Lotteries are big businesses in most states, and they can provide windfalls for both the winning ticket-holders and state coffers. But which states give the most back to ticket-holders and through government services?

Another Way Banks Make Everyone Pay: The MERS Mess

The Mortgage Electronic Registration System was created by banks to save themselves a boatload in fees by keeping mortgage transfers off the books of local governments. Now, a New York judge says the whole system violates state law, and banks holding MERS mortgages there can't foreclose. So where will this chaotic mess go from here?

Are High Taxes Making Small Business Slow
to Hire?

The majority of jobs in the U.S. are created by small business, which are still reluctant to hire new workers. And while some of their reasons for holding back may mirror those of big businesses, local conditions like state taxes may loom larger in their decisions.