10 Astute Tax Moves in 2010

Be sure to take advantage of these new and existing tax breaks to lower your IRS bill.

Tax form with hundred-dollar bills (Corbis)

Worth thousands of dollars

Tip 1: Buy a Home

Tip 2: Watch Out for Making Work Pay Complications

Tip 3: Convert Your Traditional IRA to a Roth

Tip 4: Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Tip 5: Hit the Road in a Hybrid

Tip 6: Hire an Estate Tax Attorney

Tip 7: Remember That RMDs Are Back

Tip 8: Cash in on Low Capital Gains Rates

Tip 9: Be Aware of Rising Income Tax Rates

Tip 10: Keep an Eye on Health Care

Nurse Outduels IRS Over M.B.A. Tuition

by Laura Saunders
Monday, January 11, 2010

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How One Woman Went to Tax Court and Won Deduction

A Maryland nurse accomplished two rare feats in her battle with the Internal Revenue Service: She defended herself against the agency’s lawyers and won, and she got a ruling that could help tens of thousands of students deduct the cost of an M.B.A. degree on their taxes.

Just Back From Tax Class, Jan. 2010

There are many changes.

There are many good old tax provisions “expiring”.

There are more messy provisions that are pumping up an artificially suffering economy – i.e. we spend ourselves into a corner …. just push more credits and use a shuffling of deductions to drag it out, confuse us more, give artificial hope, and delay the inevitable. Is this ever really helpful ???

I’ll post synopsis info until I get a better handle on the whole mess:


The Most-Overlooked Tax Deductions
Who knows how many people forgot -- or never knew about -- a deduction that could save them money?

FAQs on the Home Buyer
 Tax Credits
We have the answers on the money available, whether you're a first-time buyer or looking to move.