One of the advantages of the complexity brought on by social engineering in the Tax Code is that, when personal circumstances change and times get rough, there are usually some provisions in the code that come into play to provide a bit of tax relief. Tax practitioners can do a real service for their clients by alerting them to new or existing tax provisions that might be applicable to a particular taxpayer for the first time. Some of them may require the taxpayer to maintain records or be aware of requirements during the course of the year, so alerting them only at tax return preparation time may be too late for some of the tax benefits.
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