I dread filing taxes. At best, after preparing my return, I learn that I’ll get a modest refund, one that isn’t worth all the trouble. At worst, I get news like I did last year.

Thanks to the 2017 tax overhaul, I discovered that the Internal Revenue Service hadn’t been gobbling up enough of my paycheck week by week. I owed the Treasury an unexpected bill. What fun!

Perhaps your experience has been better. You may love tax preparation or even profit from it, in which case, congratulations. It’s your special time of year. For everyone else, though, we offer condolences, plus a little more: help.

We can’t prepare your return or pay your bills. But we do have plenty of tips, answers to frequently asked questions and coverage of some of the biggest tax issues this year.

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A change in the law late last year instituted some important changes for retirees, who can keep money in tax-sheltered accounts longer, if they don’t need the money immediately. But if you inherit a retirement account, the law reduces the time that you can shelter the money. As usual, though, there are some loopholes. Read more »

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