Just Filing Your Taxes? Here's some Tips!

There are 138 million taxpayers in the United States and, according to the IRS, 20 percent of them file their taxes within 7 days of April 15. In a holiday-shortened week, that means that 27 million people had better get a move on.

And while a portion of this year's last-minute filers will file with storefront operations like Liberty Tax Service or H&R Block, many others will self-prepare with the help of tax software from TurboTax or TaxCut.

If you're a member of the do-it-yourself crowd, consider taking a review of this year's tax law changes before starting your returns. The stimulus package signed into law this past February made a profound impact on tax liability and the list of changes may be helpful for you.

A few of the new, allowable income tax deductions for 2008 include:

  • Mortgage debt forgiveness in the event of a short sale
  • An additional standard deduction on real estate taxes paid
  • $8,000 tax credit for homes bought since January 1, 2009

TurboTax offers 4 tax filing choices online, ranging in price from $100 to free. If you're among the 27 million yet to file, choose whichever program fits best -- just choose it before April 15.

Filing could take several hours. Plan accordingly.

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