They are at the point where they are making up tax laws for the year that has passed," said Merry Brodie, an enrolled agent with Atlanta-based Brodie Accounting Services, which helps individuals and small businesses with tax planning and filing.
With taxes as a moving target, preparation is all about planning.
Here are some things Brodie
says taxpayers can do right now to get ready for what's ahead and possibly save money.
Start gathering receipts and other items needed to support your 2013 returns, Brodie
Day care receipts, health expenses and pay stubs all act as supporting documents for your returns.
-Review the past.
Sit with your old tax returns and current pay stubs and do an estimated tax return for 2013.
If you can't do it yourself, spend about $50 to have a professional do it for you, Brodie
The objective is to get an early idea of your tax liability so you can make proper adjustments.
-Spend money to save money.
"Everybody wants to save money on taxes and it takes money to save money," Brodie
But be warned: A few $25 donations and a couple of Goodwill receipts are probably not going to help you much, Brodie
-Know the law and act accordingly.
It helps to be aware of tax law changes in any given year, Brodie
There is nothing wrong with doing your own taxes, Brodie
said, but every three years it's a good idea to have an enrolled agent - a professional qualified to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service
- complete or review your work.