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Income Tax Basics

Welcome to the Income Tax Basics section of FindLaw's Tax Center, where you can find specific information on filing your taxes this year as well as general information related to personal income tax laws. Unless your income is below a certain level, you will have to file federal income tax returns each year. Therefore, it's important to understand your obligations and the way in which taxes are calculated. This section includes articles about how to set up a payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service, various methods for lowering your income taxes, the alternative minimum tax, the meaning of "back taxes," itemized deductions, and more.

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