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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses while talking about an accord on the payroll tax cut negotiations during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just about every U.S. taxpayer is facing a significant tax increase next year, unless Congress and the White House can agree on a plan to extend a huge collection of tax cuts that expires at the end of the year. If Congress can’t agree on a plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, income tax rates would go up for people at every income level. Estate taxes and investment taxes would increase and the alternative minimum tax would hit millions of middle-income people. A payroll tax cut that has saved workers an average of about $1,000 a year in 2011 and 2012 would expire. Dozens of business tax breaks would go away. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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