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Tax season: The deadline to file your taxes is today

Decisions about your RRSP contribution made at the last minute are bound to be poor ones.

Les Cunliffe

For most Canadians, taxes are a must-do annual task that many of us find tedious, cumbersome, complicated or intimidating. And now, as added pressure, the April 30 deadline is here - which means you have until midnight to file!

If you are a procrastinator who has left them to the last minute, take heart. Our 2012 Tax Centre webpage is your one-stop destination for articles, videos, advice, and all the information you need to get your return done properly, efficiently and on time.

We have been publishing new material all month, so browse through the site for whatever infomation you might need.

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Today: The deadline is today! Check out our slideshow of new tax credits to see how you could save money.

Last week: Check out our story and video on apps that can make tax filing easier. Tim Cestnick answered a reader question concerning real estate in his weekly Ask a Tax Expert feature and will provide further insight in his regular GI column. This video looks at how TFSAs are a time bomb for Americans living in Canada and this story on how to make April a less taxing time.

Last week: A Let's Talk Investing Video looks at what Americans living in Canada need to do to stay in the Internal Revenue Service's good books. A second video with tax tips for Americans living in Canada went up on Wednesday. Preet Banerjee suggested things to do with your tax refund. Tim Cestnick wrote about in trust accounts in his weekly Ask a Tax Expert feature and offshore trusts in his regular GI column. This Home Cents blog post explored whether it makes financial sense to donate to charity at the checkout counter.

Second week: We started off the week with features on organizing your financial records and top 10 small business tax questions. Stories on making sure your kids are a tax credit to you and a blog post on seven tax surprises followed. Our weekly Ask a Tax Expert feature ran as well as this Tim Cestnick primer on Tax Form T2091.

First week: We launch the site this week with a piece about tax planning, with tips on how to avoid an audit , and an excerpt from chartered accountant Robin Taub's A Parent's Guide to Raising Money-Smart Kids. Our new weekly Ask a Tax Expert series kicked off with Globe Investor tax columnist Tim Cestnick answering the first reader question. We had an online discussion on the topic of young people and taxes, as well as a piece on why some people are afraid to file. Here are 10 things you need to know when preparing a tax return.

Thanks for visiting, Roma Luciw, Personal Finance web editor.

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Personal Finance Web Editor

Roma Luciw is the Globe and Mail’s personal finance editor. She has worked at the Globe as a business journalist since 2001, covering stock markets, breaking news, and most recently anything that helps regular Canadians manage their own money. More

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