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Ready for Your Tax Refund? The IRS Is Ready for Your Return

Millions of Americans count on getting their tax refunds as soon as possible, but thanks to Congress, ASAP hasn't been all that soon this year. However, the IRS has worked through all the changes from the long-delayed fiscal cliff deal and is ready to start taking all of our tax returns.

Walmart Blames Taxes for February Sales 'Disaster'

Walmart released its fourth-quarter results Thursday morning, reporting a mixed bag on earnings and sales. But the big story of the day was the retail giant's February sales "disaster," which it blamed largely on tax issues.

How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Saved Dividend Stocks

In recent years, with low interest rates devastating the returns on conservative investment options, income-hungry investors have turned more and more to dividend stocks. And had there not been a fiscal cliff deal, even that last refuge for income investors could have disappeared.

Global Markets Rise on Investor Confidence

The new year rally in global markets showed few signs of abating Monday ahead of a speech on monetary policy from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. A number of stock indexes around the world have hit multi-year highs as a key measure of volatility, the so-called VIX index, has fallen to a five-year low.

Fiscal Cliff Deal Hides a 401(k) Bonus

Buried deep in the American Taxpayer Relief act is a provision that will let a lot more workers convert their traditional 401(k) savings account into a Roth 401(k). Here's why doing that might be a good deal for you in the long term -- and why it might not.

Will Tax Refunds Go Out on Time? Late AMT Fix Has IRS Scrambling

The fiscal cliff compromise has been signed, clearing up a host of questions about taxes for the near future, and the year that just ended. But the long wait for answers left the IRS in limbo, and that may mean millions of refund checks will be delayed too.

Fiscal Cliff Deal Leaves Much of the Budget Crisis Still Hanging

The fiscal cliff compromise on taxes leaves critical issues of borrowing, spending and budget cutting unaddressed, and lawmakers have given themselves only two months to settle their differences. Here's a look at what's been resolved and what they left hanging.

'Cliff' Deal Sends Stocks Up, But Problems Lurk

The "fiscal cliff" compromise, even with all its chaos, controversy and unresolved questions, was enough to send the stock market shooting higher Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year.

Despite Deal, Taxes to Rise for Most Americans

While the tax package that Congress passed New Year's Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. That's because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring.

Done Deal: Fiscal Cliff Bill Passes the House

A weary House of Representatives passed legislation late Tuesday night that will prevent the long-feared fiscal cliff of broad tax increases and spending cuts. The bill's passage on a bipartisan 257-167 vote sealed a hard-won political triumph for President Barack Obama.

Fiscal Cliff Averted: Details of the Deal

An agreement was reached late Monday between the White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell aimed at averting the fiscal cliff. Early Tuesday morning, the Senate passed the bill, and late Tuesday night, so did the House. Let's break down the key points of the deal.

Stocks Shoot Up as Investors Bet on 'Cliff' Deal

The stock market shot higher on Monday even as the "fiscal cliff" neared. By the time trading ended, Republicans and Democrats still hadn't reached a budget compromise %u2014- but investors were betting that they would.

Last-Ditch Efforts to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff Under Way

The end game at hand, the White House and Senate leaders made a final stab at compromise Friday night to prevent middle-class tax increases from taking effect at the turn of the new year and possibly block sweeping spending cuts as well.

Stocks Open Sharply Lower After GOP Cancels Vote

Stocks opened sharply lower Friday on Wall Street after House Republicans called off a vote on tax rates and left federal budget talks in disarray 10 days before sweeping tax increases and government spending cuts take effect.

Medical Premiums Could Rise for Many Retirees

In the fiscal cliff standoff, President Obama and John Boehner agree on one thing: expanding a current, little-known law so more retirees the government considers well-off are required to pay higher Medicare premiums.

Obama, Boehner One Step Closer on Fiscal Cliff Compromise

Just two weeks before the economy-threatening "fiscal cliff" is due to kick in, both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are making significant concessions to each other, backing off what had once been ironclad positions on how to avoid the huge automatic spending cuts and tax increases.

Higher Taxes in 2013? You're Already Paying Them for 2012

More than 70 tax breaks enjoyed by individuals and businesses expired at the end of 2011. If Congress doesn't extend them retroactively back to the beginning of this year, a typical middle-class family could face a $4,000 tax increase when it files its 2012 return.

Aerospace Industry Increasingly Fearful of Fiscal Cliff Cuts

When the Aerospace Industries Association held its big annual gathering this week, the talk wasn't about America's superior aircraft and spacecraft. The subjects that dominated the event were the fiscal cliff, sequestration, and the potential damage that automatic spending cuts could do.

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.

Stocks Close Higher as Hope Rises for a Fiscal Cliff Deal

Stocks gained on signs that lawmakers are edging toward a deal that would help the U.S. avoid the "fiscal cliff." Indexes shrugged off an early loss and rose in afternoon trading Wednesday. The Dow closed up 106.98 points at 12,985.11. It had been down as much as 112 points in early trading.

Stock Markets Bounce Back as Hopes Rise for a Fiscal Cliff Deal

Hopes that President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers will be able to avoid a budget crisis helped world stock markets recover from earlier losses on Wednesday. European stock indexes, which were trading lower all day, closed higher, and the Dow and S&P rose.