10 Surprising Tax Preparation Tips

Since tax time comes around every year, you might as well face up to it with a positive attitude. Think of doing your taxes like a scavenger hunt: You're going to seek out every deduction and tax credit you can find. And maybe, just maybe, this year your refund will allow you to take the vacation of a lifetime. ©iStock/Thinkstock

To help you win this year's tax-time scavenger hunt, we've compiled 10 tips and tax hints that may not have occurred to you. Some will need to be completed before the end of the tax year -- we've listed those first -- while others won't need to be addressed until you start getting ready to file.