We all hate paying taxes, especially more than we have to. Unfortunately, they are a necessary evil; heck, they are a necessary evil that pays most of our salaries. However, over-spending to reduce your tax burden ends up costing you more. Plan your purchases, buy what you need, and take the deductions that come. Just be smart about it. Oh, and let me know if you can help me untangle the Christmas lights; new ones are not tax deductible.