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									 IRS Newswire                                                                            December 4, 2009

News Essentials            Issue Number:              IR-2009-112
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IRS - The Basics
                           New Tax Guide Features Recovery Tax Breaks; Helps
IRS Guidance                        People Save on their 2009 Taxes

Media Contacts             Watch Video: Year-End Tax Tips: English | Spanish | ASL
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Facts & Figures
                           WASHINGTON — Taxpayers can get the most out of new recovery tax breaks and
                           get a jump on preparing their 2009 federal income tax returns by consulting a newly
Problem Alerts             revised comprehensive tax guide now available on

Around The Nation          Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, features details on taking advantage of new
                           tax-saving opportunities, such as the making work pay credit for most workers,
e-News Subscriptions       American opportunity credit for parents and college students, energy credits for
                           homeowners going green, first-time homebuyer credit, sales or excise tax deduction
                           for new car buyers, and the expanded child tax credit and earned income tax credit for
                           low- and moderate-income workers. This useful 308-page guide also provides more
                           than 6,000 interactive links to help taxpayers quickly get answers to their questions.
The Newsroom
                           Publication 17 has been published annually by the IRS for more than 65 years and
Topics                     has been available on the IRS Web site since 1996. As in prior years, this publication
                           is packed with basic tax-filing information and tips on what income to report and how
Electronic IRS Press Kit   to report it, figuring capital gains and losses, claiming dependents, choosing the
                           standard deduction versus itemizing deductions, and using IRAs to save for
Tax Tips 2009
                           To get Publication 17, go to and enter “17” in the search box in the upper
Radio PSAs                 right corner of the home page. Those who do not have access to the Internet can call
                           1-800-TAX-FORM (829-3676) to request a free copy from the IRS. Printed copies will
Fact Sheets                be available in January 2010.

Armed Forces               Besides Publication 17, offers many other helpful resources for those doing
                           year-end tax planning. Many 2009 forms are already posted, and updated versions of
                           other forms, instructions and publications are being posted almost every day. Forms
Disaster Relief            already available include Form 1040, short Forms 1040A and 1040EZ, Schedule A
                           for itemizing deductions, new Schedule L for those increasing their standard deduction
Scams / Consumer Alerts    by real-estate taxes paid, sales or excise taxes on new car purchases or a net
                           disaster loss, and new Schedule M for claiming the making work pay credit.

Tax Shelters
                           In addition, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Information Center
                           features a variety of recovery-related videos, podcasts, tax tips and answers to
More Topics..                            frequently-asked questions.

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