taxpayers

Year-End Tips to Trim Your 2012 Tax Tab

Year-end tax planning is trickier this time around: Unless Congress compromises, all the Bush tax cuts will expire when 2013 arrives, and many popular tax breaks that expired at the end of 2011 may not get revived. Here's how you can lower what you owe the IRS, regardless of what happens in Washington next month.

Treasury Sells Big Chunk of AIG Stock at a Profit

The U.S. government cut its stake in American International Group Inc to about 21.5 percent on Monday, making a profit of $12.4 billion on the insurer's crisis-era bailout and bringing the unpopular rescue closer to its end.

IRS Offers Help to Late Taxpayers at Open Houses Saturday

For some of us, getting a financial fresh start might begin with paying back taxes. More than 1 million taxpayers had federal tax liens filed against them in 2010, a 60% increase from 2007. On Saturday, the IRS will host open houses at 74 Taxpayer Assistance Centers around the country to provide assistance with getting liens withdrawn and answer questions about ongoing issues.

A Peek Inside the IRS's Suggestion Box

In the complicated, confusing, and confounding world of taxes, we citizens have a little-known ally within the IRS: the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson. Olson welcomes your thoughts via a suggestion box on tax reform. So far, she's received roughly 1,500 submissions, and she's still asking for more.

Was Washington Right to Bail Out GM and Wall Street?

Historians will look back on Washington's bailout of GM and Wall Street as the right move. That's because it's now clear that the costs of doing nothing would have been far higher, and it turns out that taxpayers may suffer only limited losses on this economic Hail Mary pass.

Chrysler May Soon See More Federal Aid

In addition to state tax credits from Michigan -- and the billions of dollars already loaned it by U.S. taxpayers in the form of last year's bailout -- Chrysler may soon get approval for billions more in loans from the Department of Energy.

AIG Finalizes Its Plan to Repay the U.S. for Bailout

After months of planning, AIG announced Thursday that it had entered into an agreement with the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York about how it will repay in full its obligations to the U.S. government and regain its independence.

Can America Get a Return On Its GM Investment?

GM filed for an IPO this week, which means that the U.S. government will soon be able to start selling off its 61% stake in the automaker. So what are the odds that the taxpayers will break even on their $42 billion gamble in General Motors, and what would it take for them to do so?

AIG Prepares for First Bond Offering Since Bailout

American International Group is laying the groundwork for its first debt offering in two years, an offering that could be a key test of whether investors think the insurance giant can stand on its own and ultimately repay U.S. taxpayers for its bailout.

Billionaire in Heated Battle Over Detroit's Ambassador Bridge

Manuel "Matty" Moroun enjoys a monopoly over one of the nation's busiest international trade routes between Detroit and Ontario. But now, as his Ambassador Bridge is starting to show its 81 years, Moroun has found himself frantically defending his claim to the lucrative trade business that takes place across the Detroit River each year.

The most expensive fence in the U.S.

As my husband is training for the Border Patrol right now (the reason: steady job and good government benefits in a bad economy) and we'll be moving...