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Attaking Tax Loopholes, Obama Takes Aim at Carried Interest

On Sunday, President Obama went on the offensive against the carried interest tax rate. In a nutshell, this tax break allows super-rich hedge fund managers to sidestep a large portion of their tax bills with Wall Street slight of hand.

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.

Fiscal Cliff Tax Worries May Drive Stock Sell-Off

Investors typically sell stocks to cut their losses at year end. But worries about the "fiscal cliff" -- and the possibility of higher taxes in 2013 -- may act as the greatest incentive to sell both winners and losers by Dec. 31.

Your Year-End Tax To-Do List: A 5-Step Plan

Nobody likes to spend the holidays thinking about taxes. But by spending a little time now, you can potentially give yourself a nice reward when your IRS refund comes next year. Here are five ways you can uncover tax savings between now and New Year's Eve.

Ellison, Oracle One-Up Everyone with a December Triple Dividend

A lot of companies have moved up their January dividends to late December this year, to help shareholders avoid a 2013 tax hike. And some of those dividends have been made extra juicy. But Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is going even bigger: He's issuing three quarters worth of dividends at once.

5 Things You Should Watch in the Stock Market This Week

Internet radio giant Pandora and giant discounter Big Lots report their earnings; in entertainment, Disney is opening a huge new expansion, while Nintendo is thinking small; and some companies just can give money away fast enough -- as dividends.

3 Simple Tax Terms That Have Been Redefined to Confuse Us

Is the American tax code designed to be confusing? At more than 70,000 pages, its complexity is hard to overstate. But forget its vastness: Even when it comes to its most basic terms, the IRS seems determined to muddy the waters of meaning. To help you out, we've unpacked a few of the most weaselly weasel words.