Pay attention and avoid perennial errors like bad math. Plus, be aware of some specific pitfalls and changes for 2012 returns.
The complexity of the code requires people to spend too much time on their tax returns, watchdog says, even though 90% use software or a tax preparer.
Taxpayers who use some schedules will have to wait until mid-February or March. So far, there is no reason to expect refunds to be delayed.
Most records can be safely discarded after three years, but you'll want to keep some types of paperwork longer. Yes, you can keep those files electronically.
Volunteer and community programs will help you with your taxes, though some set income limits or deal only with simple returns. Anyone can file free online.
Putting your saving and investing on an automated plan is a great way to manage money, but some think it's the lazy man's route.
Requiring tax pros to take a competency test and engage in continuing education is unlawful, argues the nonprofit group that plans to file a lawsuit.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
The Fed may start tapering in just a few months. Here are a few of the likely winners and losers.
The Market Dispatches column has been discontinued. Here's where to find the latest stock and business news on MSN Money, and the latest from market writer Charley Blaine.
MONEY & POLITICS
Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
Even those who don't like to shop are probably hitting the stores this month. Here's what to be on the lookout for and here's what to avoid.
The IRS is struggling to combat identify thieves who file fraudulent tax returns in the names of older residents who don't need to file.