In January, a host of tax breaks are set to expire while sharp spending cuts adopted during last summer's debt-limit showdown are set to take effect. Together, the policies would reduce spending and raise tax revenue by more than $500 billion in 2013. That would be good for the deficit but potentially disastrous for the economy. Read related article.

Sources: Congressional Budget Office, Committee for a Resonsible Federal Budget | The Washington Post May 14, 2012
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