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Handy tax facts

Taxes are all about the numbers. These tables provide some basic information to help you file your return.

Tax facts
  • Deduction amounts
    Should you take the standard deduction or itemize? Discover which method will help reduce your tax bill more.
  • Exemption amounts
    Exemptions help reduce your taxable income. Find out how many you can claim on your tax return.
  • Retirement plan contribution limits
    Save for the future and cut your tax bill now. Here's how much you can stash in your retirement accounts.
  • Estate and gift tax exclusions
    Part of tax-smart estate planning is sharing the wealth. Here are the limits on gifts you can give others.
  • Mileage rate deduction amounts
    Drive down your tax bill by claiming mileage deductions for your automotive trips. Here are 2008 and 2009 limits.

 

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