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How To Lower Your Tax Bill in 3 Easy Ways

Updated on May 12, 2011

While the three tips I am about to give may not apply to everyone in the same way, they are geared to be easy enough to follow so that you can keep more of your money come tax time every year. Keeping more of your money is right on up there with having more income in life. Follow these easy steps to lower your overall tax bill so you can get on with the things you really want to be doing in life.

  • Consider all the ways you can maximize your deductions. Its no fun to spend the money we don't really care to spend, but if you are paying taxes needlessly on top of that, isn't that even worse? No need to pay more than necessary. Take all the time you need to learn what can be deducted from your earnings to lower your taxes. People are often surprised at what things can be allowed as deductions.

  • For the investors out there, consider coordinating the selling of losses and gains together. Perhaps you had a great stock pick and got a great windfall. On the other hand, if you made some decisions and other stock keeps dropping in value, you have some options, like selling together the same year. One can offset the other
  • Depending on how complex your tax situation is, you may want to hire a professional. The more you know and invest and the more you are having income through a variety of means, you will want to hire a professional with your taxes. Even if you just have your taxes reviewed by a professional, that can be helpful. While the cost can be a bit more, trying it for one year is a great idea because often a tax professional can find new ways to find opportunity for saving more of your money. So that would be very much worth the effort if the cost of hiring the professional was offset some, and you learned something very valuable for the future as well.

* Taxes are not beyond our control. We don't need to automatically assume that there is some magic number out there, good or bad that we just need to pay or not. That is what I used to think when I was younger, that it was just a bunch of calculations to come up with the right sum to know what to pay Uncle Sam.

Turns out, there are a few ways to have some input after all and those things can help you to benefit in the long run.


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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Phoenix, thank you! Thank you for the comment!

      Wayne, sure thing! In an effort to save money sometimes, people don't save as much as they could, plus take up a lot of time or get errors. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Wayne Davies, EA 6 years ago

      Thank you for encouraging people to consult a tax professional!

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Great ideas on lowering taxes.