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When should you prepare your tax return

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Okay, so it might not be a love letter from that guy — what's-his-name-with-the- gorgeous-blue-eyes — that you've been waiting for since you last saw him on New Year's Eve 2000. Taxes really don't ignite any excitement but you need to deal with them, and now's the time to get fired up!

For those of you that haven't adopted filing your taxes electronically, your tax returns are in the mail. The IRS says that it mailed 16.5 million 1040 packages to the taxpayers that usually file paper returns, but the goody-envelopes don't include any of the five AMT related forms.

I'm assuming that most of you file your taxes electronically, so you won't be getting anything from the IRS saying that now is the time to start on your taxes. Take this as your reminder to start getting organized! Do you use a tax service like H&R Block? Make an appointment now before their time slots fill up like the best restaurants — you know, the ones that only have reservations for 5:00 pm? Hop to it!


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