Are You Prepared for Tax Season?

Tax preparation is never easy, especially for individuals with a complicated financial situation or who own a business. It’s important to be prepared and educated on what you need to know to maximize your tax return while avoiding any potential IRS penalties. Here are some tips that will help you get ready for tax season.

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Prepare Deductions in Advance

According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, there are currently more than 665 thousand actively licensed CPAs in the U.S. Why do so many businesses depend on tax professionals? For starters, keeping track of deductions, credits, and other documents can be overwhelming. Take the time to review what deductions you may be eligible for before tax season begins. Once you know which deductions you qualify for, it’s important to keep complete records of any expenditures throughout the year to have all your paperwork in order when the tax deadline comes.

Understand Your Tax Situation

Knowing your tax situation is key to understanding what you must file and how complex the process will be. Take time before filing season starts to understand which forms you’ll need to complete and what new legislation applies to you. It’s important to know what deductions and credits are available and which documents need to be filed. With this understanding, filing taxes can become manageable. To help you understand your tax situation, consider hiring a professional for tax preparation and filing.

Research Tax Changes

Tax laws are always changing, and keeping up with the latest information is important. During tax season, the news and other outlets are full of updates on changes in legislation, deductions that have been eliminated or added, and other information you may need to know when filing taxes. Ensure you’re always aware of any new legislation that affects your particular situation. This way you can take advantage of any deductions or credits you may be eligible for.

File Early

Filing your taxes early is always a good idea. Not only do you get them done and off your plate, but it also gives you more time to find any errors or omissions that may have been made. This is important because if you’re filing late, you may be subject to penalties and fees from the IRS. Additionally, by filing early, you may receive your refund faster.

These tips can help make tax season less stressful and ensure you’re prepared to maximize your return. Remember, it’s never too early to start considering taxes or hiring a professional for help. For help with your tax preparation, call Brown, Chism & Thompson today!

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