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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Apr 4, 2014

Tax season is here and it’s time for Americans to start preparing themselves to file their returns. Whether you’re gathering receipts and searching for any tax deduction you can in order to maximize what you get back from the federal government, there are some important things to keep in mind when dealing with the IRS.

Do not procrastinate – The most important thing you should always keep in mind when filing your taxes and trying to avoid any sticky situations with the IRS is to be timely with deadlines and to not put off doing y our taxes until the last minute. Rushing your filing will lead to an increased risk of error.

Free tax assistance – Did you know that the IRS offers a hotline for individuals who need help filing their taxes? Anyone can all from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the week, as well as visit most libraries or post offices to receive detailed instructions on how to properly file your taxes.

There are also over 400 IRS Taxpayer Assitance Centers throughout the country that offer help and counseling. Visit the IRS online to find an IRS office near you.

Check, then double check – Most people who file their own taxes rush through the process due to ignorance or to meet the deadline. It’s important to take your time and, when finished, go back and double check everything you’ve filled in!

Go online – There are tons of different resources you can find online to help you fill your taxes. Since 2002 over 70% of Americans have used online resources to file their taxes. If you wish to file your taxes with someone in person, you can still use the internet to research which company works best for you, and what steps you may need to take before meeting with someone.

Request an extension – If all else fails, be sure to file an extension. According to the IRS, “If the clock runs out, taxpayers can get an automatic four-month extension of time to file, to August 15.” However, as stated above, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to file your taxes to make sure you don’t miss anything.