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6 tax terrors and how to overcome them without therapy

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Afraid I'll overlook a tax break
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Afraid I'll overlook a tax break

Even folks who are brave enough to tackle their taxes on their own often face this fear. Again, it's not an unreasonable one.

The IRS itself couldn't even come up with a uniform definition of a child in connection with assorted tax breaks. The seemingly simple task of determining a dependent requires a close examination of ages, income amounts and time spent living under your roof.

The remedy: Accept that tax filing is going to take some homework. Before you start your return, educate yourself on how to avoid overlooking tax breaks.

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