how to take advantage of them. What was new in your life last year? Did you get married or divorced, or
adopt a child? Did your parents move in — or your adult child? Did you lose a house to a storm?
These and other major events often have tax consequences people are unaware of — precisely because they are unusual, unlike, say, deducting donations. And with big tax increases taking effect this year, it is all the more important for taxpayers to seize any break they can. (taken from: money.msn.com)