December is just a few short months away and there are many benefits you can reap on tax day if you act before December is over.  Here are a few things you can do now to help lower your tax amount due!

  1. Energy-efficient basic home improvements – insulation, certain HVAC systems, water heaters, windows, doors and roofing.  You can recoup $50 to $500 of costs.  There is no sign of this credit being removed so if you were thinking of doing this work, get moving!!  Go to energystar.gov for details. 
  2. Investment losses – if your portfolio has some poor performers, sell them to offset gains.  If you have an loser investment that you think is going to turn around quickly, buy more and wait 30 days.  If you’ve still got a loss, sell your original positions to claim the loss.  If the loss is erased, you made money.
  3. You may have until April 2012 to fund an IRA, but you only have until the end of the year to make out your 401(k) or retirement account.  Even upping your contribution by $1,000 cuts your federal taxes by $280 if you are in the 28% tax bracket.  If you make the change now, you will be able to spread the extra out over the remaining 3 months.

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