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Your Year-End Tax To-Do List: A 5-Step Plan

Nobody likes to spend the holidays thinking about taxes. But by spending a little time now, you can potentially give yourself a nice reward when your IRS refund comes next year. Here are five ways you can uncover tax savings between now and New Year's Eve.

5 Fee-Free Ways to Donate to Disaster Relief Efforts

It's a recurring problem with making charitable donations online: You're not just donating to the charity -- you're also "donating" to the companies that process the payments. But if you'd like to get the most bang for your charitable buck, there are ways around those processing fees.

Afraid of an IRS Audit? It's Not As Bad As You Think

No one is claiming that an IRS audit is a cakewalk. But a tax audit is probably less likely -- and less gruesome -- than most people fear. And the IRS isn't allowed to swoop down upon you just any old time: Their clock is ticking.

Top Five Tax Resolutions for 2011

While the pains and pressures of this year's tax season are fresh in your mind, give some thought to next April 15. Here are five tips from the personal finance pros for making next year's tax filing season less stressful and more monetarily rewarding.

Five Most Common Tax Deductions

Don't miss out on these five most common tax deductionsIt's rare that the decision to itemize or take the standard deduction hinges on some of the smaller deductions that you can claim on your federal...