While late-year legislative changes again delayed filing for some taxpayers, the season proceeded relatively smoothly, according to veteran practitioners.“It was one of the smoothest ones I’ve had, and my colleagues say the same. In part it’s because the software is getting better,” said Holliston, Mass.-based preparer Larry Novick. “I did notice that a lot fewer of my clients claimed non-cash contributions, and the amount of collection plate contributions decreased substantially. Most of them had heard of the stricter substantiation rules.”

Approximately 13.5 million taxpayers had to wait until February 11 to file as a result of a delay in the following forms, all related to the Alternative Minimum Tax: Form 8853, Education Credits; Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits; Schedule 2, Form 1040A, Child and Dependent Care Expenses for Form 1040A Filers; Form 8396, Mortgage Interest Credit; and Form 8859, District of Columbia First-Time Home Buyer.

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