10 Things You Need to Know About Filing Taxes

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What You Can Do Now to Get the Most from the New Tax Law

What You Can Do Now to Get the Most from the New Tax Law

The most sweeping tax overhaul in decades became law in December 2017. HowStuffWorks explains what taxpayers can do to benefit from the tax changes.

Author's Note: 10 Things You Need to Know About Filing Taxes

The IRS gets a bad rap for being a byzantine organization with complicated rules for everything. But in this digital age, the amount of information they provide is also a lifesaver. The IRS website has extremely helpful tutorials and basics about taxes, and you can read details about nearly every tax situation you could find yourself in. It's a terrific resource for anyone filing a return.

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