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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.

Free Tax Help: 4 Ways to Get It

You have to do your tax return, but with the tax laws as complicated as they are, that job's tougher than ever. If you need help but don't want to pay through the nose, here are some resources that can get you tax filing assistance for free.

Tax Bills for the Rich Approach 30-Year High

With Washington gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates.

The IRS Wants to Tax Your Illegal Income

Believe it or not, the federal government requires that money acquired through illegal means be reported and taxed just like legitimate income. The instructions are right there on the income tax form.

Suffering from Crisis Fatigue, Americans Tune Out Sequester

President Obama is going all out to warn Americans about what could happen if the sequester hits. The country's response: a collective yawn, as we assume that after the political grandstanding, a deal will be struck as usual. But that may not happen this time.

What's Next for Obamacare Foes Now That Rick Scott Has Caved

On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most outspoken critics of President Obama's Affordable Care Act -- and the Medicaid expansion it carries with it -- announced that Florida will accept the federal windfall that the program will bring.

Go Inside McDonald's Secret Test Kitchen

Business Insider visited McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., and the company gave them a peek inside its test kitchen, where new menu items are developed for its global fast food empire.

Obama Presses Congressional Republicans to Avert Sequester

President Barack Obama is urging congressional Republicans to accept more tax revenue in order to avert the sequester -- an $85 billion, across-the-board budget cut due to take effect March 1 that could derail America's still stuttering economic recovery.

Pope Benedict XVI: 5 Ways He Was Also an Economic Shepherd

Pope Benedict XVI was a moral and religious leader, but there's also a fiscal side to his legacy: He endorsed several positions that could affect the personal finances of millions of people. Here are five ways his papacy may impact our lives and pocketbooks.

U.S. Stock Markets Closed on Presidents Day

The global economy is a perpetual motion machine, but U.S. stock markets do take breaks: In addition to the weekends, there are nine holidays on which the stock exchange is shuttered. Here's the list for 2013, as well as the surprising history of Presidents Day.

Obama's SOTU Economic Pitch: This Time, It's Personal

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama turned that old feminist rallying cry that "the personal is political" on its ear with a long list of proposals that argued that the personal is economic -- and the economic is political.

State of the Union: How Obama Will Use His Bully Pulpit

President Obama has a lot to cover in tonight's State of the Union, from guns to global warming to trade to jobs. But it'll be the economy that gets the most attention, and that's a battleground where he's been on a roll lately.

Obama to Order National Defense Against Cyber Attacks Beefed Up

Cyber attacks have hit a host of major U.S. companies and government agencies in recent months, an issue President Obama may address in his State of the Union Tuesday -- and then in an executive order aimed at improving our defenses against them on Wednesday.

How Airlines Prepare for Heavy Weather Like Winter Storm Nemo

As the Northeast braces for Winter Storm Nemo, airlines are already employing a strategy that has served them well: Cancel flights early and keep planes, crews and passengers away from snowed-in airports. Here's what else the airlines are doing.

Here's Why Gun Control Keeps Failing: Influence vs. Stamina

Recently, Appinions, an influence marketing company, released an infographic that helps explain the mechanics of the gun debate -- most notably, how the focus and devotion of the pro-gun lobby consistently trump the efforts of gun control advocates. Take a peek:

These Are Most and Least Charitable States - but Why?

Earlier this month, Mint.com published a map of the most and least generous states when it comes to charity. Since then, personal finance writers have struggled to find a pattern to explain why some states give so much more to the less fortunate than others.