Get credit for the EITC.
Photo courtesy of SatoriPhoto/iStockIf you made less than $51,567 in 2013, you could be eligible for the earned income tax credit, which reduces what you owe and maybe allows a refund.
Save on taxes with a traditional IRA.
If you or your spouse don't have access to a pension or workplace retirement plan, you may get a deduction for a traditional IRA contribution.
Don't worry about moving to a higher bracket.
The tax system is graduated: the 39.6% tax bracket, for example, applies only to earned income above $400,001 for single taxpayers, $450,001 for those filing jointly.
Find job-hunting deductions.
If you're looking for a job, you can deduct the cost of searching – including driving to and from interviews (56.5 cents a mile) and employment agency fees.
Take care of child care.
If your child goes to day care, you can get a tax credit.
Save with energy savers.
If you put in new windows, bought a furnace or made other qualifying energy-saving home improvements, you could get a tax credit of up to $500.
Learn about educator expenses.
Qualified educators can deduct up to $250 for materials you buy for school.
Fight taxes with taxes.
You can deduct state sales tax – a good break for those in states without state income tax.
Get a charge from electric vehicles.
Qualifying plug-in electric cars can get up to a $7,500 tax credit.
Stay out of jail free.
Be honest on your return. Penalties can put you in a world of hurt.