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One question has been on nearly everyone’s mind, especially with today’s tumultuous economy, “Is it possible to reduce your taxes, and if so, how can it be achieved?”

Tax season is extremely stressful for most people, even if they do not encounter any complications and/or delays; however, many experience much harsher effects than just hassle. Some suffer substantial financial losses, ranging from minor to severe and even devastating. If finding ways to decrease your taxes has not yet been your concern, taking action now can still yield quick and substantial benefits.

A perfect place to start is assessing your taxable income and deciding which methods you want to use to reduce it. Many people are unaware or have not yet utilized this simple but powerful strategy. Luckily, there are a number of options you can choose to lower the amount of taxes you owe at the end of the year.

No matter where you are in your career, retirement plans should always be in the back of your mind in some form or fashion. Whether you are just graduating college and beginning your journey or have 20 years of experience in your field, you should have some type of financial framework set up for when you need it in the future. This option allows you to maximize your plan because a retirement plan will serve as an excellent and stable source of funds. It will also lower your annual taxable income, in turn lowering the total amount of taxes due.

Two of the most popular types of retirement plans are Employer-Sponsored Plans, like 401(k)s, and IRAs (Individual Retirement Accounts), both excellent choices. Other great options for tax reduction include FSAs (Flexible Spending Accounts) and HSAs (Health Savings Accounts). Did you know that you can even claim a home office deduction by creating an office space in your home that you can use for work?

If you have any questions, you can always consult an expert for assistance; however, luckily, there is an abundance of information, guidelines, tools, and other resources on reducing your taxes available to you online, anytime, from anywhere.