Last week we asked you if you were ready for tax season, and we shared a few tips to help you get started. The IRS has recently shared a few more tips for taxpayers to remember, reports Laguna Niguel Patch.
Use Free File. Let Free File do the hard work for you with brand-name tax software or online fillable forms. It’s available exclusively at www.irs.gov. Everyone can find an option to prepare their tax return and e-file it for free. If you made $57,000 or less, you qualify to use free tax software offered through a private-public partnership with manufacturers. If you made more or are comfortable preparing your own tax return, there’s Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic versions of IRS paper forms.
Remember this number: 17. Check out IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, on the IRS website. Itâ€™s a comprehensive resource for taxpayers, highlighting everything youâ€™ll need to know when filing your return.
Try IRS e-file. IRS e-file is the safe, easy and most common way to file a tax return. Last year, 79 percent of taxpayers – 106 million people – used IRS e-file. Many tax preparers are now required to use e-file. If you owe taxes, you have payment options to file immediately and pay by the tax deadline. Best of all, the IRS issues refunds to 98 percent of electronic filers by direct deposit within 14 days, if there are no problems, and some may be issued in as few as 10 days.
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