Things you can do by Dec. 31 that will help your 2017 tax return

Here's a checklist that you should run through now that could affect your financial situation next year. Let’s walk through some things you can do by Dec. 31 that could lessen your tax burden and/or increase your tax refund for 2017.

Why you might not have to pay estimated quarterly taxes this year

Not everyone needs to make these payments. And that may be confusing for business owners or independent contractors worried about penalties or fines. Here's a breakdown from Peekz ConsultiN accountant owner Amy Peek.