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If you need help, an e-filing site can connect you with a tax expert to answer all your questions.

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It’s that time of year again – tax season. Internal Revenue Service already Start accepting tax returns For the year 2022, taxpayers are encouraged to consider Expedited filing facility.

Filing your taxes doesn’t have to be a headache, especially if you plan to do it online, which most Americans prefer. More than 90% of Americans E-Filed for Tax Year 2021, eFile.com Report In the fall of 2022, note that 41% were self-prepared.

However, this year you can make a goal Small refund More pandemic benefits than usual have expired. But don’t worry, there are still quite a few Way to get a big tax refund.

If you’re like most Americans and prefer to do your taxes from the comfort of your home, use one Tax preparation services. Let a site like TurboTax, H&R Block, eFile.com or others walk you through a step-by-step guide and find ways to save you more money in the process. It can take as little as 15 minutes to complete.

How to file your own taxes

Are you ready to file your taxes? To get started, you need to follow a few simple steps:

  • Choose a filing service: Decide how you want to file (here are some IRS recommends free filing sites)
  • Collect documents: Carry all required paperwork with you (W-2, 1099 and other tax forms, an ID – such as your driver’s license – and any receipts detailing donations or business-related expenses).
  • Note applicable discounts: Be prepared to claim all relevant tax deductions and credits
  • Determine if you want a standard deduction: Determine whether you want a standard deduction or itemize your return
  • File your form: File your tax return formally with the IRS Last date on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (if you can’t make it in time, make sure you Request an extension)

As you can see, filing your tax documents can be easy. And if you need help, an e-filing site can connect you with a tax expert to answer all your questions.

“Online tax software streamlines your ability to prepare your tax return by inputting your unique tax information with intuitive question and answer prompts, on-screen guidance, access to a tax professional and convenient e-filing with the IRS,” TurboTax explains on its website. “Tax software allows you to import your tax information directly into your return without the need to handle physical forms or manually enter data.”

Tax Preparation Checklist

Before you begin your tax filing process, it may be wise to create a checklist to avoid any potential obstacles or delays. TurboTax recommends that its users know these four things before starting the filing process:

  1. Your personal information (social security number, date(s) of birth, previous year’s return, bank account information if you choose direct deposit)
  2. Your income information (W-2 form, 1099-C form, Additional Income and Expenses and other relevant forms – See their full list here
  3. Any additional income (stocks, gambling income, rental real estate, scholarships and awards, and more)
  4. Any income adjustments (allowances, student loan interest, IRA records, receipts and expense records, and more)

If you have all your paperwork ready, start filing your taxes now!

When are taxes due?

This year’s tax deadline is Tuesday, April 18. However, there are certain circumstances that may extend that time frame, such as Americans who lived abroad or experienced a natural disaster. Note that the IRS. Storm victims in Alabama, California and Georgia are being offered an extension to May 15 to file and pay certain tax returns.

As always if you don’t think you can meet the April deadline, you should Request an extension.

Should I file taxes early?

There are many benefits to filing your tax return early (although you should Consider waiting (if you got tax rebate last year). The IRS lists at least three reasons File your taxes early:

  1. Avoid fines: If you don’t make the IRS deadline, you can suffer a penalty — a percentage of the tax you didn’t pay on time,” the IRS explains.
  2. Avoid losing refunds in the future: “Many people may lose their tax refund because they haven’t filed a federal income tax return. By law, there is only a three-year window from the original due date, usually the April deadline, to claim their refund,” the The IRS says.
  3. Protect your credit score: “If the IRS files a tax lien against a taxpayer, it can affect the credit score and make it difficult to get a loan,” notes the IRS.

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