For some people, one result of not paying attention was under-withholding of taxes from their paychecks, especially among those who racked up big gains from stock options on the back of 2013's strong stock market.

Claudia Hill, an enrolled agent licensed tax preparer in Cupertino, California, said one of her clients, a married couple working for Google Inc, had to write a check for an additional $71,000 to the Internal Revenue Service....

The new Affordable Healthcare Act imposed a 3.8 percent tax on investment income for individuals earning $200,000 and households making $250,000. The ACA law also added new 0.9 percent tax on ordinary income for the same high earners.

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