Find the latest episode of "The Uncertain Hour" here. Listen
Makin' Money

‘Tis the tax season

Chris Farrell Dec 17, 2010

Are you in a top tax bracket?

Congress has just created the equivalent of an interest free loan for you if you make a Roth-IRA conversion fast.

With taxes as the benchmark, the next two years could be the best ever in the modern era–for the wealthy. Time to call the accountant and the estate planner.

Here’s why taxes and tax strategies have jumped to the top of the news queue: Obama will sign the $858 billion bi-partisan tax cut deal today.

It seems that almost every homeowner I know is in the process of refinancing their mortgage. A timely warning on protecting your interests during the refinancing.

Banks are unhappy. It may be a victory for consumers. But it’s just a proposal and there is a legitimate concern about the law of unintended consequences. Still, the Federal Reserve would like to cut debit card processing fees much more than expected.

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.