Tax season has officially begun! As you start to gather your documents for your upcoming tax filing appointment, here are 5 tips to avoid delays and make your return as smooth as possible.
1. Gather all your documents ahead of time
Having all your documents helps ensure that you get your maximum possible refund. We’ve made it easy for you to know exactly what documents you’ll need to file this year’s return. Just download our checklist!
2. Choose to E-File with direct deposit instead of submitting a paper return
Filing electronically with direct deposit and avoiding a paper tax return is more important than ever this year to avoid refund delays caused by the ongoing pandemic. If you need a tax refund quickly, use software like MyFreeTaxes.com or take advantage of a trusted tax professional at one of our VITA locations to file for you.
3. Make sure your information is accurate to avoid delays
It’s always worthwhile to double-check your information! An accurate return can avoid processing delays, extensive refund delays, and later IRS notices.
The IRS also encourages everyone who received a third Economic Impact (or Stimulus) Payment or advance Child Tax Credit in 2021 to ensure the amounts they’ve received are entered correctly on their tax return. Incorrect entries when reporting these payments means the IRS will need to further review the tax return, which may cause an extensive delay. Fortunately, the IRS is helping tax payers by mailing special letters about the stimulus payments and advance Child Tax Credit payment amounts.
Didn’t receive your letter(s)? You can also check the amount of your payments on your online account available on IRS.gov!
4. Use online resources for help
Did you know you can file your taxes for free online if you made less than $73,000 in 2021? And if you made $58,000 or less, you can also get free assistance from an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparer who will file your tax return for you? You can through MyFreeTaxes.com!
Need help or have questions? Avoid phone delays by taking advantage of free online resources available 24/7! There’s no wait time or appointment needed to get answers to tax questions, check a refund status, or pay taxes!