Remember, just because much of the federal government, including the Internal Revenue Service, is shut down, tax laws are still in effect. That means the IRS expects all taxpayers who haven't yet finished their tax filing taxes this year to do so by the upcoming extension due date.
But don't get in too big of a hurry. You might miss some often overlooked tax breaks.
Some of these tax breaks are for itemizers only. Others can be claimed by any filer.
Some are credits that reduce tax bills dollar-for-dollar. Others are deductions that cut the amount of income upon which your tax bill is calculated.
They include non-cash charitable gifts, moving expenses, job-hunting costs, military reservists travel expenses, child-care payments, mortgage refinancing points, myriad medical costs, retirement account contributions, educational expenses and energy-efficient home improvements.
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