Its easy to finish your taxes on time when youre
organized. Keep tax forms you receive throughout the year together in a central
location and file them into separate categories, such as mortgage, income, and
assets. Keep track of the forms youre still missing a few months before the
deadline. You might have to download some forms and print them yourself.
Most employers and financial institutions mail W-2 and 1099
forms at the end of January. You can begin filing your taxes as soon as you get
the forms. If youre expecting a refund, youll see your money much sooner if
you file early. If you opt to receive your refund via direct deposit, you can usually
receive your money in less than ten days.
There are several different tax programs and software to
take advantage of when filing your taxes. Most programs are easy to use and
will save your information as you enter it. Tackling one section at a time
instead of waiting until the last minute can minimize stress and keep you
focused. Software programs can also alert you about any potential errors in
your paperwork before you press submit.