13 tax changes you need to know before filing your 2009 returns

If it seems like tax laws are changing every time you time around, it's not your imagination. Over the past eight years, changes to the Tax Code have been made at a rate of more than one a day. According to the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate, there were 500 changes in 2008 alone, many of them related to the 2009 tax year.

Trying to make sense of it all can be overwhelming. To help you out, here's a rundown of 13 changes that may impact your 2009 taxes: