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Beware these 5 terrible tax surprises

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Your mom may have told you that life isn’t fair, and no one claims that life is easy. Taxpayers in certain situations may agree with both of these sentiments.

The tax law is complex and difficult even for experts to negotiate. Just when you think you’ve followed all the rules and researched all the angles, a tax regulation blindsides you.

Here are five terrible tax surprises that you might encounter during tax season and how to deal with the consequences.