Like any other law, tax law also changes the only difference is that it changes every year which affects our filing of tax return for the year. You can benefit from these changes like you can start to save money because of the change made if not it will be the other way around. Some changes may only take effect for a year some for many years and other tax laws might be permanent.
Just take into consideration the withdrawals made by the Congress from college 529 saving plans tax free in 2001. Withdrawals that were made for qualifying expenses, like college tuition, rooms, books and board, not taxes would be paid on the withdrawal that is according to the said tax law. But this tax law is not permanent it will expire on 2011. It is being taken into consideration whether to extend this legislation or not. So be aware if year 2011 comes, if the said tax law is extended by the Congress or if it will be changed.
Here are some examples of regular changes on tax law one which is regularly changed is the actual income brackets. Many people are not aware that actual income brackets are changed every year. Actual income brackets are changed to avoid increase. Another good example is the usual mileage rate deduction. This deduction is used to gain reimbursements for the miles driven using their own cars for business purposes, this is usually used by the self-employed. The IRS adjusts this rate most especially when the prices of gas increase abruptly or drastically. In fact, for some years, one mileage rate for part of the year was subjected to taxpayers but a different mileage rate is imposed for other part of the year.
One good thing IRS is doing is that they let the people know of the changes made to the tax law by releasing a publication which provides a detailed overview of the changes. So before filing your taxes for the year make sure that you have read and understood the released publication so you can take note of the changes in the tax law which applies to you.
Filing taxes on your own is a bit difficult to do and being updated on the tax law also is difficult but you can hire a professional to file your for you to make sure that you are filing your tax properly. You will need to pay them but this will surely help you save time, avoid being in trouble or avoid an audit.
Whatever way you want to do it, always make sure that you are updated with whatever changes made to the tax law every year and include them by the time you are going to file your tax.