Now The Only Thing Certain Is Death

Figuring taxes will be a crapshoot until the stalemate is over

As if paying Uncle Sam weren't enough of a headache. This tax season, things may be even uglier than usual. The reason? Without a federal budget deal that would have finalized tax rules for 1995, some taxpayers still don't have a rule book to follow in their filings. That could lead to widespread confusion for taxpayers, problems for tax software providers, and a more-hectic-than-usual season for the nation's tax preparers. "If there are a lot of changes [in the final budget deal], we'll have a lot of hiccups," says Marion Mason, a certified public accountant in Miami.

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