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Save on tax prep, pay less to the government

Consumer Reports News: March 23, 2011 11:46 AM

April 18th is this year's deadline to file your federal and state income taxes. This season, Consumer Reports is presenting a trove of useful tax how-to's, including saving time and money on tax-preparation, identifying tax breaks, making sense of new tax laws and IRS news, filing electronically, and other timely topics. Here's what's hot now; check back regularly for updated reports and news:

March Madness: report winnings to the tax man

How to prepare and file your state taxes online for free

The do's and don'ts of tax deductions: Retirement accounts

The do's and don't's of tax deductions: Donating your car

Taxpayer Advocate: IRS's new tax lien policy doesn't go far enough

IRS vows to reduce tax lien burden on indebted taxpayers

The do's and don'ts of tax deductions: Medical expenses

Tax break central: Save when deducting health insurance premiums

Tax break central: Delaying income tax payment on IRA conversion

Tax break central: Making the most of the homebuyer tax credit

Shopping for a tax preparer? Here's what to ask.

Track down the best tax preparer for you

The do's and don'ts of tax deductions: Charitable contributions

Preparing your taxes online? Take note of these tips and traps

Save with free tax-prep tools, whether you do it yourself or hire a pro

Hot tips: Save time, money preparing & filing your taxes online

Forests saved: No more federal tax forms in the mail

IRS Form 1099s may be late this year. Here's what to do.

IRS and tax-prep software companies roll out tax apps

The IRS's valentine: You can file your itemized return on Feb. 14

Free tax-prep and filing options abound this year

Suggestion box is now open: How would you change the tax system?

Taxpayer advocate: IRS tax liens may do more harm than good

That 2-percent tax cut in your paycheck? Not so fast.


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