03/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Taxes 2009: Seven New Perks To Save You Cash

In all the hoopla surrounding the current stimulus package, it's easy to forget that other stimulus bill -- the one in 2008 that resulted in a good-sized check for many U.S. taxpayers.

Forgetting about that earlier stimulus, and any of the other major tax changes in 2008, could mean missing out on some much-needed cash when you file your tax return this year.

There were six "pretty significant pieces of tax legislation" in 2008, said Mark Luscombe, a principal analyst with CCH Inc., a Riverwoods, Ill., tax publisher, including bills related to housing, farming, the military, pensions, and two on the economy.

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