Friday, December 19, 2008

Updated Publication 17 for 2008

The IRS has published an updated version of its comprehensive tax guide for individuals for use in preparing 2008 tax returns: The updated on-line version of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, contains more than 900 interactive links.

Publication 17 has been updated with important changes for 2008, including information on the new recovery rebate credit, new first-time-homebuyer credit, and an additional standard deduction for real estate taxes. It has been published annually by the IRS for more than 65 years and has been available on the IRS Web site since 1996.

As in prior years, the publication provides information on how to file an individual tax return, what to include as income, how to calculate capital gains and losses, how IRAs and other expenses can affect how much income to report, whether to take the standard deduction or itemize, and how to figure taxes and credits.

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