Technically we're already over the cliff. But here's what will happen if the House of Representatives passes the Senate's New Year's Eve deal.
The deal, which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate in an overwhelming 89-8 vote in the middle of the night, would maintain tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 and couples earning less than $450,000. Technically, it would reinstate cuts that expired at midnight.
Now it has to pass the House, which could vote on it today. If it passes, most people won’t have to worry about major tax changes and milk prices won’t spike. Unemployment will be extended for a year. Some popular tax credits will stay. But itemized deductions will be capped for those making $250,000 and couples making $300,000, and inherited estate taxes will go up.