by Dan Caplinger for The Motley Fool   @CNNMoneyApril 13, 2017: 2:10 PM ET
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The tax filing deadline is just days away, and if you haven’t yet filed your 2016 tax return, the finish line is looming just ahead.

As you crank through the things you need to do to get your returns prepared and filed, it’s essential not to lose sight of some key ideas that smart taxpayers always keep in mind.

By being aware of these simple rules, you can do your best to pay as little tax as necessary and avoid unnecessary audit or other risks.