Too the annoyance of all those watching the change in the capital gains tax, 20 percent is the new 15. Yep, April will bring the beginning of warmer weather and the frigid hand of Uncle Sam taking 5 percent more. Not on that, high-income earners will also have to contend with an increased income tax of 3.8 percent. So, what can you do to avoid a surprise come tax time?

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