From a tax perspective, 2016 was a relatively calm year. But this relative calm shouldn't create complacency. Instead, it creates two significant opportunities for year-end planning. First, you can redirect the time and energy spent understanding new laws in years past toward a holistic look at your tax situation and plans for the future; you might just identify tax-saving strategies that were previously unnoticed. Second, you can devote that extra time to learning more about the new rules that did go into effect this year. You may find that even in a relatively quiet tax year, one or two "minor" changes can make a significant difference in the amount of taxes you pay.