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Getting organized


Doing your taxes can be less frustrating, less time consuming and less costly if you're prepared.

Oh no! Tax season is here

Yes, it really is time to start thinking about filing your 2005 tax return. If you're expecting a refund, the sooner you file, the sooner you'll get your money. If, on the other hand, you find you owe Uncle Sam, this early warning will give you time to figure out exactly how you're going to come up with the cash.

Get organized

The Internal Revenue Service demands documentation. Here's a look at the paperwork you need to complete your return.
Plus: 7 tax-filing moves to make now

Hire a tax pro
Is this the year you seek professional filing help? Then you have some decisions to make on which type of tax preparer is right for you.
Plus: Find suitable tax software
Watch out for con artists
Don't get in such a hurry to file, or to find ways to cut your tax bill, that you fall prey to one of these 12 tax scams.
Plus: Learn the lingo so you won't be fooled
Figure out how to pay your tax bill
The IRS won't take an IOU, but it does offer you a few choices that could make meeting your tax bill a little less painful.
Plus: 10 worst ways to pay your taxes
Simplify your record keeping
When you're through with your taxes, here's what you need to keep and for how long.
Plus: Track down old tax returns
-- Posted: Jan. 9, 2006

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