Sixth in a series.
Big life changes such as buying a house, getting married, or having a child can radically alter how people do their taxes.
And while it's impossible to sum up how all of those areas will change a person's tax filings, there is one piece of advice that can be offered about all of them.
“What I would suggest is that you go to IRS.gov and see what all is there for that item or items that are particular to your facts and circumstances,” said Bill Brunson, an Internal Revenue Service spokesman.
These changes don't necessarily mean people's taxes are beyond their own capabilities and they must turn to a tax professional.
"By answering those questions when you electronically file, it’s going to take a lot of things into consideration," Brunson said. "It will ask you, ‘did you have a child this year?’; ‘did you buy a house this year?’; ‘are you divorced or married?’ It’ll go right along, and depending on your responses, it’ll help you file that correct, complete, and accurate tax return.”
Check back for more tax tips as the deadline to file draws closer. Next week, Brunson will talk about how retiring changes your taxes.