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<< I am new to investing and started in jan 1999. I will have to pay income tax on the stock gains i made in 1999 because i sold throught the year.

1) Are there any ways to help reduce my tax burdon. It will be significant since no money was withheld so i will need to come up with lots. >>

At this stage of the game, about the only thing I can suggest is selling any paper losers in your portfolio. That will reduce your taxable gain.

<< 2) What sites are the best for finding information on reducing taxes??? Starting a small business, house, dependants???etc... >>

Make it easy on yourself. Just send me a check. I will offer you one thought: many people will give you advice, for a fee, about how you can gin up expenses to reduce your taxes. What they won't tell you is that, if the scheme is legal, you will lose money at the bottom line. There is no such thing as a tax rate in excess of 100%. If you lose money at something, you lose money even after the tax reduction. If you make money, be thankful for your good fortune and pay your taxes with a smile.

Phil Marti
Tax Preparer
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