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Don't Overlook These Tax Deductions

2013 was a great year for many investors, but there's a downside. All those market gains may have left you with a lot more income to report.

5 Tips for Preparing for 2014 Taxes

Let 2014 be the year you vow to achieve a greater level of understanding about your taxes and to properly organize and plan for your liability.

The Most-Overlooked Tax Deductions

Cut your tax bill to the bone by claiming all the breaks you're owed, including some you may have forgotten or might have never heard of. Here are the top missed deductions.

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.

Presidential Debate Preview: What They'll Say About Taxes

In Wednesday's much-hyped debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, few topics will loom larger than taxes -- a subject about which the two parties and their standard-bearers are fundamentally, philosophically divided. Here's what you're likely to hear.

Your Taxes Are Due!

Unless you've filed for an extension, today is the last day to get your taxes turned in to the IRS. It also happens to be Tax Freedom Day, when the average American has worked enough to have paid their taxes for the year.

Last-Minute Tax Tips: How to Chose the Right Form to File

With just a week to go before April 17, it's crunch time for getting your taxes filed. If you're just now getting started, the first question you have to answer is which form you should use to file. Here's how to figure it out.

The Tax Move You Should Make Now for Next April 15

Your taxes are filed and done. Victory dance? Actually, hold on. There's one more step you should take, whether you got a big refund or owed Uncle Sam a big check: It's time to take another look at your withholding.

3 Simple Tax Terms That Have Been Redefined to Confuse Us

Is the American tax code designed to be confusing? At more than 70,000 pages, its complexity is hard to overstate. But forget its vastness: Even when it comes to its most basic terms, the IRS seems determined to muddy the waters of meaning. To help you out, we've unpacked a few of the most weaselly weasel words.

How State Taxes Put a Bigger Pinch on the Poor

True, 47% of Americans pay no federal income tax. But, as a recent study points out, when all the other taxes we pay are factored in, the poor often pay a far greater percentage of their income in taxes than the rich.

Don't Get Audited! The IRS's Dirty Dozen Red Flags

Even if you have nothing to hide, an IRS audit is no picnic. But have you ever wondered why some tax returns get intense scrutiny while most sail through the review process? Here are 12 red flags that could increase your chances of drawing unwanted IRS attention.

Are You Being Misled By Your Tax Bracket?

A lot of tax talk focuses on tax brackets. But in order to get the full picture of what you hand over to Uncle Sam, you need to consider not your bracket, but your effective tax rate -- and those are two very different numbers.

Tax Refunds Are Shrinking -- and That's Good News

2011 wasn't a good year for those expecting big checks from the IRS. Not only were fewer refunds delivered, but the average refund was smaller. That's no surprise in this economy, but it's also a sign that Americans are getting smarter about how we handle our taxes.

Beat the Clock on These 6 Vanishing Tax Breaks

They say good things come to those who wait. They also say he who hesitates is lost. But when it comes to half a dozen juicy tax breaks, it's the second "they" you should listen to, because he who waits until Jan. 1, 2012, to take advantage of them will be out of luck.