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Tax Bracket Calculator Brings Perspective to the Fiscal Cliff

With Pres. Barack Obama returning from his holiday in Hawaii to try to resolve the fiscal cliff conflict, we thought it was worth sharing this interactive chart created by Ritchie King at Quartz. You can type in your taxable income and see your tax rate in any year, going all the way back to 1913.

Tax Hike for Wealthy Americans Won't Kill Growth

Allowing income tax rates to rise for wealthy Americans, and maintaining rates for the less affluent, would not hurt U.S. economic growth much in 2013, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday, stepping into a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over how to resolve the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Pop Quiz: Who Is Living America's Middle-Class Dream?

America's middle class has gotten a lot of attention in the 2012 election, but what, exactly, does "middle class" mean? If you've ever wondered -- and wondered whether or not you're a member of it -- take a peek at our middle-class quiz.

Pop Quiz: Who Are the 47%, and What Do They Really Pay in Taxes?

Mitt Romney's criticism of the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income tax has re-energized the debate over who pays into our system, and who reaps its rewards. But the answers to those questions are trickier than you might guess. Think you know how the tax system really works? Take a peek at our quiz.

Pop Quiz! Who's Winning the Tax Game (and By How Much)?

To get a handle on our nation's economic problems, it helps to start with the facts. But not all of them are as obvious as you'd think, so we're compiling some of the most surprising for our readers. Think you know all the answers? Take our quiz and see.

How to (Legally) Dodge the Tax Man in Retirement

Saving for retirement isn't just a smart move for the long run. It can also cut your current taxes. But what if reducing your taxes now is the wrong strategy? For many workers, a smarter option is a retirement plan that eliminates your tax bill down the road: a Roth 401(k).

How Can You Get Mitt's Tax Rate? (Hint: You Can't)

Amid all the chatter about Mitt Romney's high income and low taxes, many have wondered why more Americans don't take advantage of those attractive capital gains rates. The answer is that most people can't -- at least not on a level large enough to make a difference in their finances.

Are You Being Misled By Your Tax Bracket?

A lot of tax talk focuses on tax brackets. But in order to get the full picture of what you hand over to Uncle Sam, you need to consider not your bracket, but your effective tax rate -- and those are two very different numbers.

Romney's Best Tax Break: Let's Talk 'Carried Interest'

Mitt Romney paid a lower tax rate on his $21.6 million income in 2010 than the average U.S. family. It's no secret how: He made his money from investments, not wages. But even people who favor low capital gains taxes might not approve if they understood more about a neat little income category he benefited from called "carried interest."

Tax Changes You Need to Know for 2011

With tax season 2010 already in full swing, it's easy to overlook some important tax changes for 2011. Here's some of what you can look forward to...

Illinois Passes 66% Tax Hike

Lawmakers in Illinois moved quickly yesterday, Jan. 12, to pass a new bill that increases the state's personal income tax rate by a whopping 66%....

Investors Don't Credit Obama for What's Going Right

A new Bloomberg poll shows 68% of investors say Obama's policies are "detrimental to the U.S. investment climate." That's despite soaring corporate earnings and a huge bounceback in stock prices during his administration. Somewhere, there's a disconnect.

Tax brackets for 2009 income

By law, the thresholds for the marginal federal income tax brackets must change each year to keep pace with inflation. For 2009, those brackets are...