Wow! It's already February... January began and ended, but I'm not sure where it went! It seems like the older I get, the faster time files by. April 15th will be here before we know it, and that means we all need to get to work on our taxes if we haven't started yet.
Now is the time to start preparing your taxes, if you haven't already. Tax season can equate to increased stress and frustration, and the longer we procrastinate getting it done, the longer that stress and frustration has to build up. One of my favorite phrases to live by is "work hard, play hard", and in that order! We need to work and get this done now so we can relax and be stress-free later.
We have got some tips for you to help you get through tax season you're your sanity still intact...
If you do not plan to file your taxes yourself, be sure you choose tax preparer who really knows what they're doing.
- Check the preparer's qualifications, history, and service fees before filing your return.
- Shop around. If you are looking for a new preparer, don't be afraid to check out more than one so you can make the most informed decision possible.
- Ease of communication.Keep in mind your accessibility to your preparer. If you have questions, you will want for them to be readily available to answer them.
- Ask for help.Get recommendations from your friends and family before you make the decision to use preparer. Chances are they've got experience with the one you've chosen or could point you to a competent preparer who has a proven track record.
If you plan to file your taxes on your own, without the help of a professional tax preparation service, you may be more easily stressed or frustrated. Keep these tips in mind to cut down on your stress and get your taxes done quickly and easily:
- Stay organized! Keep your tax forms and all necessary paperwork as organized as you can, ensuring thoroughness.
- Be patient with yourself as you learn how to do your own taxes
- Set aside distraction-free time and space. All difficult tasks are much easier to complete when you're not distracted.
- You don't have to do it all in one sitting - you can take breaks
- Look things up if you have any questions - Never assume the meaning of something you're unfamiliar with... especially when it comes to your taxes!
- Don't procrastinate! Complete your taxes as soon as you have all the forms... don't risk missing the deadline!
I hope that these tips and words of advice help you get through this season unscathed and come out on the other side with some peace of mind and some extra money in your pocket.