How to Get Your Taxes Done Tonight

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Posted on 04/03/2014

Tax time procrastination is an American tradition for about one out of five taxpayers, according to NPR. But if your goal is to get this annual chore out of the way, follow these five tips for getting your taxes off your to-do list tonight.

Gather Your Documents First
One of the easiest ways to prolong the tax filing process is by being unorganized. Before you sit down to complete your taxes make sure you have all of the documents you need first. Print this free tax prep checklist from creativesavingsblog.com. Even if you use a professional accountant this will ensure you don't forget anything important.


Use the EZ Form if Possible
You can be done with your tax return in minutes when you use the 1040EZ form from the IRS. It's only available to single or married people with no dependents, but if it's right for you give it a try.


Choose Online Software
There are many companies available to take you through the process of completing your tax returns. Do some quick research and choose the one that's right for you. You may even want to check out this list of free tax prep services.


Ask Questions Online
Run into a problem? Know where to turn for help. One option is asktaxguru.com. The site offers tax tips, tax calculators and a forum for asking questions. The IRS also offers free help lines. Taxpayers can call the toll-free customer service line at 1-800-829-1040. If your questions are business-related call 1-800-829-4933.


File Electronically
The IRS says last year 120 million taxpayers opted for e-filing. If you're trying to get your taxes done fast, chances are you want your refund quickly too. According to the IRS, e-filing is the safest, fastest and easiest way to submit your return.


By Alison Storm


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