The year is nearly over, and so are your opportunities to make some moves that might help you save on income tax.
The federal government was shut down for more than two weeks -- and that's about how much longer than usual you'll probably have to wait for your refund next year.
The hassle of doing your taxes is still a very fresh memory. Use that as motivation to take a few steps now to make next year's tax preparation much less stressful.
In your rush to get your return filed on time, watch for these pitfalls. Some can be difficult and expensive to fix.
Tax pros estimate twice as many Americans will need to file gift-tax returns this year, after rushing to give away assets during the 'fiscal cliff' frenzy.
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.
Make sure you take all the deductions and credits to which you're entitled. That requires keeping up with changes in the laws.
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