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Tax Time: Prepare Smart and File Fast

February 24, 2016 - by Patrick Redo

 

It's Time for Taxes

If you usually receive a refund after filing your taxes, it’s a good bet you are filing early.  No refund expected?  You are probably procrastinating.  Whether you are in a hurry or are worrying, the deadline to file your taxes waits for no one.   Make the process faster and less painful by following some of the recommendations below:

Gather all of your tax documents:

Gather your receipts:

Gather all tax donation receipts and other documents to support proof of income and tax deductions.

Make a list of personal information:

You probably know your Social Security number, but do you know the number for each dependent you claim? Jot down this and other information (e.g., addresses of vacation homes and rental property; dates you moved; information about property you bought and sold, including dates, what you originally paid, what you received on the sale and expenses you had) needed to complete your return.

Find a copy of last year’s return:

If you use the same preparer that you used last year, likely the old return is already on hand.  If you go to a new preparer, last year’s return serves as a reminder to the preparer – and you – of some items you don’t want to overlook.

File Electronically:

Have your refund direct deposited to your account:

We recommend having your refund deposited directly to your account.  You can get your refund within 10 days.  You can also pay for your taxes electronically from your checking account or, use your allU.S. Debit Card.

The Bottom Line:

Start early doing prep work for your income tax so you’ll have a successful tax return experience.  

Click Below for IRS Resources:

1040 Central

Information for individual taxpayers.

Tax Information for Military Members

For federal tax purposes, the U.S. Armed Forces includes officers and enlisted personnel in all regular and reserve units controlled by the Secretaries of Defense, the Army, Navy, and

Air Force. The Coast Guard is also included, but not the U.S. Merchant Marine or the

American Red Cross.

Online Services

Filing and paying your taxes should be as convenient as possible. That's why the IRS provides you with many helpful interactive forms, calculators, and tools.

Printable Tax Forms

Printable forms and instructions in PDF format.

 

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