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Expert Tips When Filing Taxes 

by Donny Stock

Filing taxes can be an exhausting and confusing process. The Pembroke Pines Accounting firm provides professional services to assist taxpayers in filing taxes. When filing your taxes, there are a lot of things that go unrecognized. However, below we have covered some expert tips to ease the process of filing taxes.

  • File taxes on time.

Make sure to file your taxes within the deadline to avoid penalties. If, for some reason, you are unable to do it on time, file an extension.

  • File for free if you can.

You can file your taxes for free if you qualify for the eligibility requirements. You can opt for free filing if your adjusted gross income is less than $73000. Check if you meet the requirements before filing.

  • Properly check your deductions.

Make sure to double-check to avoid any mistakes in the case of deductions, as it is common for taxpayers to be careless.

  • Contribute to an IRA

It helps reduce your tax bill and helps to max out the IRS limitations on savings for retirement. Additionally, it also helps in saving money in the long term.

  • Try maxing out your health savings account before the tax deadline.

This helps to keep funds available for medical bills because, under the HSA, all medical expenses are exempt from taxes. 

  • Make sure to claim unemployment benefits.

It is essential to report your unemployment earnings or income on tax returns despite paying taxes on unemployment benefits. Failure to do so can lead to a potential rejection of your tax return. Usually, it happens because the income reported to the IRS does not match your income.

  • Check for errors.

Online tax prep software helps in reviewing and correcting mistakes related to the return. But they cannot check for typing omissions in your return. Before submission:

  1. Check if your name and social security number are entered correctly.
  2. Ensure that all your calculations are accurate and the bank information is up to the mark. If you are filing by mail, check if you have signed it and dated it before sending it.
  3. Check if you have entered your employer’s identification number properly.
  • File your taxes online.

Online filing of taxes ensures speedy refunds and swift returns. Offline filing delays the procedure by weeks and wastes a lot of time. Therefore, make sure to e-file your taxes.

  • Track your returns and refunds online.

Tracking your returns and refunds online helps to check your tax status and see what is happening with your tax return.

  • Beware of scams and fraud.

As we approach tax season, the number of scam calls and texts starts to increase. Beware of such calls. The scammers may pretend to be IRS officials or members of the US Treasury. Make sure to not fall for them, as you would never get a random call from the income tax department. 

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