Three ways to curb your taxes near retirement

A lot can change in your financial life as you approach retirement—and taxes play a big role.

Many retirees and those near retirement may be looking for ways to lighten their tax bite. CNBC's Sharon Epperson talked to tax expert Elda Di Re, a partner at Ernst & Young, about tax-saving steps—diversifying assets, deferring income, and increasing charitable contributions—to take in the year or two before you retire.

(Read more: Tax breaks for every life stage)

—By CNBC's Sharon Epperson. If you have a question for me, follow me on Twitter@sharon_epperson. Just tweet your questions about how to better manage, grow or protect your money at #GetAPlan. Or send an email to yourmoney@cnbc.com.

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