Tax-rebate checks go out Friday as part of the $150 billion economic stimulus effort. And retailers are eager for a cut of your cash. We went looking for some of the more unusual ways people are planning to spend their rebates. Kai Ryssdal reports.
New York state is requiring online retailers to charge sales tax if they have marketing agreements with businesses in the state. It's prompted an Amazon lawsuit. But commentator Michael Mazerov says Internet retailers should play by the same rules as the shop on the corner.
A move that would raise taxes for multinational companies in Britain has stirred up a fury. Giant advertising firm WPP says it may pull its headquarters out of Britain. Others could do the same. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Italy is recovering from a questionable experiment in transparency. Italians were shocked to discover, yesterday, that the government had put their tax statements online -- everyone's tax statements. Megan Williams reports from Rome.
Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell thinks raising the gas tax would not only change driving behavior, it would encourage research and development into alternative and more efficient fuels. He, by the way, isn't running for office.
Rebate checks are going out soon, and the government wants you to spend them. Sarah Gardner finds out that many consumers have another plan -- they want to pay off debt, particularly on credit cards. Still, the stores will be tempting you.
Today, Congress is considering extending a rule that would allow home builders to apply any current losses to tax returns up to four years back. That could set builders up for big rebates. Jeff Tyler has more.