Need Help With Your Taxes? Here’s Where You Can Go
Tax time is right around the corner and now is a great time to plan for how you want to tackle it this year. One strategy to make things easier is to work on a filing system now where you can just put all of the tax paperwork as it comes through the mail or electronically. Another idea is to consider getting help with your taxes this year, to take some of the pressure off. If you are interested in getting help on your taxes, there are many resources to choose from:
- IRS Website: The IRS website is a very useful (and free) tool for taxpayers with questions about their annual returns. There is a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page as well as the latest information on new tax law that might be important for the coming year, and specific filing instructions. The IRS has also developed YouTube Videos with helpful hints. Check out http://www.irs.gov/Filing to get started.
- IRS Free File: If you make less than $58,000/year, you are also eligible to use Free File to prepare and electronically file your taxes for free. This free software will guide you through the filing process.
- Where’s My Refund?: After you file your annual tax return, you may want to track where your refund is and how close it is to being deposited into your bank account. Use the Where’s My Refund? tool and you can find out. All you need is to have your social security number, filing status and exact refund amount!
There may be several community-based services in your area that offer free tax help. For example, if you make less than $52,000/year, you can use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and if you are 60 or older you can work with the AARP or the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program.
You can also purchase user-friendly tax software to guide you through the process of building and filing your annual tax return. TurboTax and H&R Block are two of the most widely used programs. You will need a computer to utilize this option and the cost generally runs from about $30-$80 depending on your needs. Tax software can be purchased at most major retail centers and often the earlier you buy, the more you can save.
If your taxes are particularly complicated or you owe back taxes to the IRS, you may want to consider hiring a reputable tax professional for help. A tax firm can review previous returns, suggest ideas for appropriate deductions, make sure that all of your paperwork and documentation is in order, and communicate with the IRS on your behalf. Success Tax Relief has been helping taxpayers all over the country resolve their issues with the IRS for more than 30 years. If you’d like to discuss your unique situation, contact us today for a free consultation.