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  1. You and your spouse can file a joint return if:

    You were married the entire tax year.
    You were married for more than six months.
    You were husband and wife on Dec. 31.
  2. You bought a house last year. On your tax return you now can deduct:

    Mortgage interest, loan points and property taxes.
    The lawn service you hired.
    The homeowner association’s annual fee.
  3. When death and taxes finally meet, the IRS:

    Collects taxes on only the amounts in the deceased taxpayer’s bank accounts.
    Collects taxes from heirs after they receive their bequests.
    Exempts a portion of the estate from taxation.