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Monday, December 07, 2009

IRS Publishes Updated Publication 17

IRS finally updates IRS Publication 17:

Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, features details on taking advantage of new tax-saving opportunities, such as the making work pay credit for most workers, American opportunity credit for parents and college students, energy credits for homeowners going green, first-time homebuyer credit, sales or excise tax deduction for new car buyers, and the expanded child tax credit and earned income tax credit for low- and moderate-income workers. This useful 308-page guide also provides more than 6,000 interactive links to help taxpayers quickly get answers to their questions.

Publication 17 has been published annually by the IRS for more than 65 years and has been available on the IRS Web site since 1996. As in prior years, this publication is packed with basic tax-filing information and tips on what income to report and how to report it, figuring capital gains and losses, claiming dependents, choosing the standard deduction versus itemizing deductions, and using IRAs to save for retirement.

Given all of the changes due to the new administration and recent laws being passed, it is understandable that the new version was delayed. However, for the exact same reason, it is extremely difficult for taxpayers to comprehend the impact all of the changes have had on their returns and tax strategies without an updated Publication 17.

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