October 15th is Quickly Approaching! If you filed an extension for your 2017 tax return, don’t risk getting behind on having your taxes professionally prepared before the final deadline!
When it comes to the October 15th deadline, time is of the essence. Last year, more than 15 million taxpayers filed their taxes after the original April 18th deadline date. This is mostly due to complicated circumstances in which a taxpayer needs additional time to gather their information and ensure their return is accurately filed.
With this large amount of individuals filing their taxes, it is important that you don’t delay contacting a tax professional to assist you in the timely filing of your return. Come mid-September, most offices are overloaded and you can expect a big delay in getting your taxes completed. Even worse, in the rush of meeting the deadline, you (or your co-worker who swears they know how to do your taxes online) may risk preparing your return inaccurately; which can cost you even more to correct.
Here are a few tips just to keep in mind if you plan on filing soon.
- File Electronically – Filing electronically is the easiest way to file your taxes, but it’s also the safest method of safeguarding your information.
- Choose Direct Deposit or Direct Pay – Using direct deposit, along with e-filing, allows you to receive your refund faster. For those that owe taxes, you can simplify your payment by using the IRS direct pay to automatically draft the amount from your checking or savings account. Don’t forget, if you can’t pay all at once, there are other online payment options.
- Find Your Credits & Deductions – You may be entitled to tax credits or deductions that can have a big effect on your tax liability. So if you do venture off on your own and prepare your taxes, be sure to check the IRS website for available credits and deductions. However, you can always just hire a professional and let us do the work! Our digital services make it easy no matter where you are in the world and you can always contact us for a free 30-minute consultation.
- Save the Date – Write it on your calendar, use an app, or contact us and request a reminder. Do what it takes to remember this is the final deadline!
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