Day traders have some unique needs when tax time rolls around.

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They must report the specifics of hundreds, even thousands, of trades. And they must do it in a way that satisfies the

Internal Revenue Service's

qualifications for trader status, which entitles them to tax breaks not available to ordinary investors.

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tax reporter Tracy Byrnes, with some help from

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contributing editor Gary B. Smith, has put together a series of stories to guide traders through the maze.

The lineup:

  • Trader or Investor? The IRS Wants to Know We examine Internal Revenue Service regulations and case law to determine exactly what separates traders from investors.
  • How to File a Return That Tells the IRS You're a Trader We walk you through the issues and tax forms you'll encounter come April 15.
  • Trade-Tracking Software: No Package Is Perfect How do you keep up with hundreds or thousands of trades a year? We pass along reader feedback on the best software.
  • Can Traders Use TaxCut and TurboTax? This special edition of Byrnes' regular Saturday Tax Forum deals exclusively with trader tax issues.
  • The Best Way to Handle Your Taxes TSC's Technician's Take columnist Gary B. Smith weighs in with his own tax strategy.
  • Yahoo! Tax Chat Transcript Byrnes and trader tax specialist Ted Tesser, CPA and author of the Trader's Tax Survival Guide, answer readers' questions on Yahoo! Chat.