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Stay a Step Ahead of the Tax Collector

Some tax laws have changed, but many remain the same.

A good mantra, for investing and the rest of your life, is "Focus on what you can control."

While most people are inclined to put taxes into the "out of my control" bucket, that doesn't have to be the case. (For proof, look no further than the army of tax advisors and attorneys geared toward helping the well-heeled shave their tax bills.)

Key to cutting your tax bill is staying current on tax-law changes. Although there aren't yet details on tax hikes likely to go into effect because of the federal stimulus plan, here's a summary of recent and impending tax-law changes. I'll also give you my thoughts on how you can act to either take advantage of these changes or minimize their effect on your bottom line. Some of these changes have an impact only on those in very high tax brackets, while others affect individuals of all income levels.

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