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Overcoming tax fears

Tax time evokes a lot of emotions. Anger. Frustration. Despair.

Then there's fear. Being afraid of filing holds back a lot folks when it comes to accomplishing their annual required tax tasks.

I'm no psychologist and I've never played one on TV. But I have been dealing with taxes professionally for almost 15 years. I've been doing my own returns for longer than that. So I know something about how scary taxes can be.

And I have some suggestions in my story on how you can overcome some common tax fears.

The intimidating tax situations read like a horror movie script: doing your return on your own, making mistakes, overlooking deductions, ending up with a big tax bill, confronting an IRS bill so big you can't pay it, getting audited, hiring a bad tax pro.

All are very legitimate concerns. But it's not that hard to conquer each and every one of them.

And once you tackle your tax terrors, then you can face down something really frightening, like telling your spouse what you really think about his family's plan to spend the entire summer with y'all!

Good luck on both counts.

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