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The 5 Best Tax Breaks for 20-Somethings

Are you just starting out in the working world? Learn about the most valuable tax breaks for your education, your student loans and your future retirement.

Will Americans Get Our Tax Breaks Back?

Tax planning is hard even under the best of circumstances. But when you can't be sure what the tax laws will be in the year ahead, it becomes almost impossible.

Viral Video Explains the Huge Gap Between the Rich and You

Considering the sort of things that usually go viral on YouTube, you might not expect a six-minute video titled "Wealth Inequality in America," to make the grade. But its powerful snapshot of the American economic landscape is grabbing attention in a way that years of pontificating pundits haven't been able to.

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.

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.

Presidential Debate Preview: What They'll Say About Taxes

In Wednesday's much-hyped debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, few topics will loom larger than taxes -- a subject about which the two parties and their standard-bearers are fundamentally, philosophically divided. Here's what you're likely to hear.

Savings Experiment: Taxes

Our savings experts tell you if you need to pay for an accountant or if you can use tax software for the best result.

Let the IRS Help Pay for Your Higher Education

The cost of an education has never been higher. But by taking advantage of some tax benefits, you can at least put a small dent in some of those bills. Which of that complicated menu of tax benefits applies to you? DailyFinance breaks it down.

Tax Time for Single Parents Can Be Doubly Aggravating

At tax time, being a parent comes with certain perks: the Child Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Credit, a bigger Earned Income Tax Credit, among others. But while single parents have many of the same breaks as married parents, there are some they miss out on.

Here's the Next Big Threat to Your 401(k)

It's bad enough the stock market has been beating up on most of our 401(k)s lately. Now, legislators and big thinkers are debating a variety of proposals to reduce the tax benefits of saving in 401(k)-type plans. And the results could be bad for America's rich and poor alike.

The Financial Landscape: No Bailout Yet for Greece

The financial world Monday morning is focused on Greece. E.U. finance ministers postponed agreement on a bailout until they see proof that its government will follow through on austerity measures. Meanwhile, some big U.S. firms say that a generous tax break would help them expand their domestic operations.

Tax Tips for the Accidental Landlord

In today's shaky real estate market, more and more homeowners are becoming landlords, both by plan and by necessity. But whether you're renting out your old house, an investment property, or even a single room, being the landlord means tax breaks, and you should take every one you can.

California's SolarCity Sees a Bright Market on the East Coast

California-based solar panel installer SolarCity has announced its second East Coast deal in a month: It's buying the residential solar business of Vermont-based groSolar, hard on the heels of its purchase of Maryland's Clean Currents. And SolarCity isn't the only West Coast solar player looking toward the sunrise for growth.

Obama's Cuts: Less Than Meets the Eye, Thankfully

A parade of Republicans immediately lined up to attack the president's proposed budget cuts this week, claiming the plan falls short of making a real difference. They're right. And that's good, because really deep cuts are the last thing the economy needs right now.

12 Things to Look Forward to in 2011

Life is about change, so we might as well embrace it. Looking into our crystal ball, here are a dozen things to look forward to in 2011. It should...

Senate Republicans Block Tax Cut Extensions

The Senate failed to pass a bill that would have extended tax cuts for all but the richest Americans on Saturday, falling nine votes short of the two-thirds majority needed.

Americans Deeply Divided Over Tax-Cut Extensions

While most people support extending at least some of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts due to expire this year, a new Gallup/USA Today survey finds that Americans are deeply divided on which cuts should continue -- and for how long.