Tax Deadline Countdown: 5 Last Minute Tax Tips & Strategies

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1. Gather & Organize Documents

Take the time to gather all necessary documents, such as W-2s, 1099s, receipts for deductible expenses, and any other relevant financial records. Organizing your documents allows you and your tax preparer to streamline the filing process and ensure you have everything you need to accurately report your income and deductions.

2. File for an extension

If you find yourself running out of time remember that you can file for a tax extension. This will give you an additional six months to submit your tax return, extending the deadline to October 15th. However, keep in mind that an extension to file is not an extension to pay any taxes owed, so if you anticipate owing taxes, it’s essential to estimate and pay them by the original deadline to avoid penalties and interest. Simply AHT will help and make sure you avoid any errors nearing the tax deadline.

3. Maximize Deductions & Credits

Take advantage of all available deductions and credits to minimize your tax liability. This includes deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, medical expenses, and education costs. Also explore tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Child Tax Credit, which can directly reduce the amount of tax you owe. Simply AHT will make sure you are maximizing your refund to significantly increase your refund.

4. Review Your Filing Options:

Should you file your taxes yourself using tax software? Enlist the help of a professional tax preparer, or utilize IRS Free File if you meet the income requirements. Each option has its advantages, so choose the method that best fits your comfort level, the complexity of your tax situation, and most importantly, your budget.

5. Review Your Filing Options:

Before submitting your tax return, take the time to review it carefully for accuracy and completeness. Check that all personal information, income, and deductions are entered correctly to avoid errors or potential audits. Also, consider using electronic filing and direct deposit for a faster and more secure way to receive any tax refunds.

By following these last-minute tax filing tips and strategies, end this tax season with confidence and ensure that your tax return is filed accurately and on time. Remember to stay organized, explore all available deductions and credits, and review your return carefully before submitting to the IRS and maximize your tax savings.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional tax advice. Consult with a qualified tax professional for personalized guidance based on your specific needs.

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