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Risk & You 2011 - Special Report

  • Tackling Taxes Head On Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:41 AM ET
    Taxes, Investments, & You - A CNBC Special Report - Sponsored by Merrill Lynch

    If you're weary of focusing on holiday gifts and company parties, you may want to give some attention to another end-of-year ritual: tax-planning.

  • How To Make Last-Minute, Money-Saving Tax Moves Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:47 AM ET
    Tax refund

    Taxpayers looking for ways to trim their 2011 tax bill, or simply to avoid unpleasant surprises when they file their returns, have a few weeks to make potentially helpful, money-saving moves.

  • Harrisburg, PA

    Worries about municipal bond issue defaults have been overblown, obscuring the investment advantages of a once trusted debt instrument.

  • Roth or Regular IRA? Only Time May Tell Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:46 AM ET

    Personal income taxes are likely to rise as lawmakers grapple with the country’s deficit. That's why some investors are opting for Roth IRAs and betting on paying a lower tax rate now. Not so fast, experts say.

  • Should You Have Confidence in Trusts? Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:42 AM ET

    You don’t have to be Warren Buffett to leave money to your family in trusts. There are tools to assist those with even modest wealth to reduce tax exposure, and protect and transfer assets.

  • Retired? Here's How to Cut Your Tax Bill
    By: Mark Koba
    Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 | 8:59 AM ET

    With 401(k)s, IRAs, Roth IRAs, and Social Security benefits, seniors have plenty to figure out when it comes to paying Uncle Sam.

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  • Endangered Federal Tax Deductions & Benefits Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 11:50 AM ET
    As Congress and President Obama head into an election year,  to lowering the nation’s debt — and ultimately reviving America’s economy and competitive edge. Beginning in the Bush presidency and continuing into the Obama era, national spending and tax revenue have diverged dramatically. “We are rapidly approaching a time when the tax system we have will be unable to support the government that we want,” said Howard Gleckman, a tax expert and resident fellow at the Urban Institute. “It’s being hel

    As Congress and President Obama head into an election year, tax reform  has emerged as a key roadblock to lowering the nation’s debt — and ultimately reviving America’s economy and competitive edge.

  • The World's Most Secretive Tax Havens Monday, 2 Nov 2009 | 5:21 PM ET
    Recently, the (TJN), an independent organization dealing with the analysis of tax and regulation, released their "Financial Secrecy Index," which ranks the world's most secretive tax havens.The level of financial secrecy provided by tax havens, which TJN argues is a key component of jurisdictions competing to attract financial flows, is ranked by 12 qualitative measures (opacity score) such as laws, regulations and international treaties as well as quantitative measures (weighted score) which ta

    The Tax Justice Network released their "Financial Secrecy Index," which ranks the world's most secretive tax havens. So, what are the world's most secretive tax havens?

  • Where the $200,000+ Crowd Lives Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:35 PM ET
    Taxes have been one of the most hotly debated topics in Washington and cuts for the wealthiest Americans are one of the most controversial subjects surrounding the issue. But how many rich people are there in the U.S., how much do they make and where do they live? And just what income do you qualify to be rich? According the data from the Census Bureau, there are currently 4.5 million households that earn over $200,000 per year, the highest wealth division compiled in Census reports, which is ap

    How many rich people are there in the U.S., how much do they make and where do they live? Find out!

  • US States With the Most Millionaires 2011 Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 12:18 PM ET
    Each year, analyzes national data on millionaire households to reveal which states attract the most high-income families.Data from Phoneix shows a list of states with the highest percentage of millionaires by population, while the overall number of millionaire households in the US has increased nationwide for the first time in two years. In 2009, there were 5.14 million millionaire households, compared to 5.56 million in 2010, an increase of approximately 7.6% that saw nearly every US state incr

    Each year, Phoenix Marketing International analyzes national data on millionaire households to reveal which US states attract the most high-income families.

  • Tax on WHAT? Wacky Taxes You May Be Paying Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 9:50 AM ET
    The recession brought us all kinds of great deals – from cheap homes to lobster at lunchmeat prices – but it also brought a fresh wave of ridiculous taxes and fees. While you were rummaging around the bargain bins, government bean counters were peeping in your pockets to see how they could fill their budget gaps with your money. From candy to cows and strippers to sparklers – they want to charge you extra for it.So, we decided to take a look at the 12 wackiest taxes ever. Click ahead to get star

    From candy to cows and strippers to sparklers, the government wants to charge you extra for just about everything these days. Here are 12 of the wackiest taxes you may be paying.

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