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New guide at IRS.gov features tax changes, tips

1/24/2014, 6 a.m.

A new comprehensive guide available on IRS.gov can help taxpayers get the most out of tax benefits and get a jump on preparing their 2013 federal returns.

Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, features details on taking advantage of a wide range of tax-saving opportunities, such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit for parents and college students and the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit for low- and moderate-income workers.

It also features a rundown on tax changes for 2013, including information on revised tax rates and new limits on various tax benefits for some taxpayers. The 292-page guide provides thousands of interactive links to help taxpayers quickly get answers to their questions.

Publication 17 has been published annually by the IRS since the 1940s and has been available on the IRS Web site since 1996.

As in prior years, it is packed with basic tax-filing information and tips on what income to report and how to report it, figuring capital gains and losses, claiming dependents, choosing the standard deduction vs. itemizing deductions, and using IRAs to save for retirement.

Besides Publication 17, IRS.gov offers other resources. Many 2013 forms are already posted, and updated versions of other forms, instructions and publications are being posted almost every day. Forms already available include Form 1040 and short Forms 1040A and 1040EZ.