GIVE BACK, GET BACK
For many people, buying gifts for friends and family is just the start of holiday giving. The next step is giving to charities or people in need before the end of the tax year. Although tax laws have become much more stringent and it won't benefit most people to itemize deductions such as the tax break for charitable giving, it can be financially rewarding for some. Here are eight tax-smart ways to make donations before the end of the year (and checking with a tax professional beforehand is always a good idea).