There are a few new tax credits (and some old ones) that could help you get a refund when tax season rears its ugly head. You may qualify for one of these credits if you have children, are low-income, did not get the full economic stimulus check, deduct property taxes, OR had part of your mortgage debt forgiven.
Read about all six credits here. If you read the entire story you will see I wrote it. So I can vouch for all the info! The best thing about tax credits is that they directly contribute to you getting money back. So if you owe $200 in taxes but have a $600 credit, Uncle Sam gives you a $400 refund.
Also, this year you can file your taxes electronically FOR FREE no matter what your income.
UPDATE: The first-time home buy credit of $8,000 does NOT have to be paid back. Thanks to reader Katharine who pointed this out!