Thanks to the “fiscal cliff,” President Obama, Congress and the highest court in the land, there are many tax law changes to keep in mind as you prepare 2013 income tax returns and start thinking about 2014 tax planning.

For starters, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which was the “fiscal cliff” agreement, established new tax rates and rules for many taxpayers. In addition, an important Supreme Court decision has greatly altered the tax law landscape for same-sex spouses. Here are some of the significant changes, as well as some general tips related to filing tax returns this year.

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