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Study: Traffic Fatalities Up on Tax Day

Do your taxes early and be safe on Tax Day. Those are the takeaways from a study published in the April 11 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study revealed that traffic fatalities in the United States rise 6% on April 15th, the normal tax return filing deadline (it is April 17th this year). Donald A Redelmeier, one of the study's authors, told Tax Analysts that, "stressful deadlines contribute to fatal mistakes on U.S. roadways."

Tax deadline data from the IRS and fatal road crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the last three decades (1980-2009) were used in the study, which compared the number of fatalities with a control day one week before the April 15th deadline and another control day one week after.

What this means is you should (always) drive safe and try to stay as stress-free as possible about your taxes. Be proactive, meet with your CPA (or file online) and use as much information as possible (like from our tax planning articles archive) to find beneficial, and many times hidden, deductions.

-By Jared Trexler


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