You don't have to be a big-time venture capitalist to take advantage of favorable tax treatment for investments ranging from real estate to stocks.
Be sure to verify everything your tax preparer filled in on the forms, because you'll be held responsible. You also want to double-check names and numbers.
It's not too late to put money in an IRA, organize your records and make sure you're claiming all the deductions you can. But don't wait until April 15.
Gambling winnings are considered taxable income, though you can write off losses up to the amount you won.
Make sure you take all the deductions and credits to which you're entitled. That requires keeping up with changes in the laws.
Before you buy a tax software package, make sure it suits your needs -- and that you're not eligible to use free online filing programs.
If your taxes are complicated, you may need an accountant, lawyer or enrolled agent to make sure you comply with laws that get more complex every year. Here's how to find a good one.
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