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Many individuals feel very lucky to receive an income tax return check each year. But, the fact remains that this money was overpaid in taxes and should never have been taken from you to start with. If you are finding that you receive a fairly good size return each year, you should be paying less taxes each year.

Many individuals are too concerned with whether they are getting a return on their taxes--instead of being aware of how much they are paying in taxes each year. You should pull out your old tax returns and look at the line that says “total tax.” When you add these figures together year after year, you will soon realize that one of the largest expenditures of your life will be in paying taxes.

You should educate yourself about the tax system. This is the only way to ensure that you are not sending Uncle Sam more than his fair share. As you learn more about taxes and the tax system, you may quickly find ways to write off many of your expenses and to take credits.

One thing that usually happens when individuals start to broaden their minds in regards to taxation is that they become better citizens. No longer will you feel like you are listening to a foreign language when politicians get up and start spouting off their jargon. You will finally be able to understand what is going on in your country and you can make informed decisions in regards to who you want representing you in the government. While taxes are necessary, educating yourself about them can save you money, and it can also give you an important voice when it comes to who are elected officials will be.

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Planning for your retirement should include a regular or ROTH IRA. Depending on your tax bracket when you retire will determine which type of IRA is best for you. If you feel you will be in the lower tax bracket, then a regular IRA is best, otherwise a ROTH IRA is best for those in the higher tax bracket.
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