5 Tips to Simplify Tax Time

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April 15 always seems to sneak up, and surely this year will be no different. While there is no escaping the tax deadline, use the following tips to streamline the tax return process and minimize stress.

  1. Review and complete the tax organizer. The organizer provides you with your prior year information and helps your tax professional gather valuable information about you that may impact your tax return.
  2. Provide electronic documents whenever possible. The electronic tax documents obtained directly from your banks and brokerages are high quality and easy to read, which minimizes errors.
  3. Respond to communications from your tax professional as quickly as possible. Often our questions just require a short answer to finalize the preparation of your tax return.
  4. Review your prepared tax return as soon as it is available. That way any necessary corrections can be made well before the April 15 filing deadline. If no corrections are needed, sign the e-file authorization to complete the process.

The four tips outlined above are suggestions we’ve made for years. They help streamline the process for you and your tax professional. With your help, we can focus on maximizing valuable tax deductions. The fifth tip is new this year, and it makes the first four tips a breeze.

  1. Sign up for your free TaxCaddy account.

TaxCaddy makes it easier than ever to gather your 1040 tax documents and deliver them to us, communicate with us, answer your questionnaire electronically, and sign documents like the e-file authorization. We are excited about this powerful, free solution and we think you will be, too.

Soon you’ll receive an email inviting you to create your TaxCaddy account. Once you receive the invitation there are three easy steps to get started. In the meantime, click here like to learn more about TaxCaddy.

 

SKR+CO Expert
Doreen Merz, CPA, Senior Tax Manager
Doreen has been in public accounting since 2000. Her specialties include nonprofits, partnerships and corporations.