10. Don't be shy
Many taxpayers are uncomfortable asking questions and often pay more tax than they need to because of it. Don't guess. Your local CPA can help you determine how the tax law applies to your specific situation, including whether you qualify for one or more of the special provisions in the tax code. The AICPA’s 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy website has information on a variety of tax topics. And the official IRS website has answers to typical questions.