The tax man comes around, even in the worst of economic times. So it's time to review year-end tax tips. We've got a rundown of IRS changes from last year, and friendly advice for avoiding audits.
2008 changes. Every year brings headaches in figuring out what rules have changed. This Kiplinger page notes a lot of them, and they could be good news: "For starters, tax brackets, personal exemptions and standard deductions have been adjusted for inflation." Also, "First-time home buyers get extra help from Uncle Sam."
Avoid audits. There's no way to guarantee you won't be audited, but here are some tips for people who would like to avoid such pain. In this Allbusiness.com article for small businesses, practical suggestions include advice to answer all questions on your tax return, and use exact figures rather than "nice round numbers."