Early Steps To Ease The Taxman's Bite

Even in November, beware the Ides of April

Markets go up, markets go down, but taxes are forever. No matter how your investments are faring, now's the time to take yearend steps that will shrink the check you write to the Internal Revenue Service next April. Despite the brave talk in Washington about surpluses and massive tax cuts, there's no relief coming from that quarter. So it's up to you. Peruse our guide, give your taxes a checkup, and act before Dec. 31 to lock in your savings.

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