8 Tax Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make: Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY), American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC)

As the April 15 tax-filing deadline approaches, you’re running out of time to get your taxes done. But smart tax planning doesn’t start in April. To truly get on top of your taxes, you need to always be thinking ahead. As you prepare your 2012 return, don’t forget about changes you can do right now to make your 2013 tax situation a lot better.

The best way to make taxes a lot less painful is to avoid making unnecessary mistakes.

Below, we’ll look at eight things taxpayers commonly do wrong that can cost them thousands of dollars in extra taxes.