Investors give up as much as 23% of their total returns

every year

because of mutual funds that don't try to minimize taxes.Unfortunately, investors don't pay nearly enough attention to tax considerations when they plunk down their money to buy mutual funds. With the Bush administration putting investing taxes front and center on the economic agenda -- and with tax season kicking into high gear -- we thought it high time to discuss the intersection between mutual funds and taxing matters.The following stories from

personal finance columnist Beverly Goodman offer investors sound advice on how to manage your fund portfolio with an eye to minimizing the tax bite. Meantime, if you're staring at a mountain of tax-return materials and getting started with tax filings, check out Beverly's Taxes 2003 page, which offers several new stories and tax tips each week to help get you through the season.

Mutual Funds and Taxes

Funds That Keep Taxes Low Can Save Your Portfolio

How the Pros Steer Clear of the Tax Bite

You Can Spare Your Returns the Tax Ax

Know When to Fold 'Em

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