By law, employers must issue all W-2 statements by the end of January. Many people are waiting for these documents so that they can file their taxes. Most will scramble looking for papers to help claim those coveted deductions. However, it’s best to prepare during the year to ensure that there is no mad rush to file. To get a jump start on the 2018 taxes, here are some things to help speed up the process:
The best place to start is by finding out what forms are necessary to file. Some users file a 1040 A while others with uncomplicated taxes can file a 1040 EZ. Find out what deductions can be claimed, and make sure to have the receipts to document these itemizations.
Keep all the tax documents in one location. It’s advisable to retain about seven years’ worth of tax returns. Having everything in one location makes things easy to locate
Add Up the Deductions
Has anything changed in the past year? Buying a house, adopting a child, and putting in an energy efficient heating system can make a big difference to the bottom line. The government allows write-offs for things that help improve energy consumption and the economy. Missing just one important deduction can cost thousands in write-offs.
One of the most missed deduction is those made to a charity. Things like dropping off clothes to the local thrift shop, making cash donations to a church or other charitable organization, and other acts of kindness can add up quickly. Make sure to have receipts to back up these claims as the government likes to audit those who have higher charitable deductions than the average.
Tax Professional or On Your Own
With the computer programs and internet options that are available today, many people can file their taxes without the use of an accountant. Small businesses and other complicated taxes should consider using a professional. Depending on your personal preference, either option can work for you…
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