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In the Blogs: The Graying Year

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Highlights from some of our favorite tax bloggers this week, as 2012 starts to look mighty grey.

  • Taxes at About.com: Sad to say, maybe, the end of 2012 means clients have to plan for tax changes more than in years past -- maybe. So when you don’t what the coming year will bring, what better place to turn than software? A look at H&R Block Online, TaxACT, TurboTax, TaxCaster and others.
  • Tax Policy: How many days of Christmas could the fiscal cliff buy? Well, just over 2.5 billion partridges in pear trees, 3.4 billion golden rings, 735 million ladies dancing, 14.7 billion geese a-laying and 5.1 million swans-a-swimming. You get the idea. Keep your receipt.
  • Don’t Mess with Taxes: The famed reindeer Comet, before better things to do crop up this time of year, urges giving to your favorite charity. Includes basic donation rules, and, in keeping with the true spirit of the season, possible fiscal cliff limitations on donations.
  • Rubin on Tax: You give. You fail to file. You then die. What happens?

 

Happy New Year

  • Roth & Co.: “The inane haggling over the final version of the inevitably awful tax law that we will have for this year and next year seems to have heated up a bit … details are cloudy and could change,” but here’s what it looks like to blogger Joe Kristan.
  • The Wandering Tax Pro: What’s new in New York State income taxes.
  • ClientWhys: Free download: 2013 rates reference at a glance.

 

Same Auld Lang Syne

  • Backtaxeshelp: Ten tax facts that will shock you. Among them: 107 days of the year are spent working to pay taxes; taxpayers spend 7.6 billion hours and $140 billion complying with tax code each year; inflation is a hidden tax passed onto everyone. Pass the champagne!
  • Beancounter Ramblings: Clever new names for many of the same auld taxes.

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