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Tax Tips for 2009


Tax Tips for 2009 January, 2009

Hello again. Here we are, January 5th, 2009. It won’t be long before your focus will be shifting to getting your tax return filed in hopes of a much needed refund! Below are just a few tips to act as a guide for you, in anticipation of preparing that 08 tax return:

1. Gather your records…now! It’s never too early to start getting together any documents or forms you’ll need when filing your taxes: receipts, canceled checks, and other documents that support an item of income or a deduction you’re taking on your return. Also, be on the lookout for W-2s and 1099s, coming soon from your employer.

2. Find your forms. Whether you file a 1040 or 1040-EZ, you can download all IRS forms and publications on the official IRS Web site at, IRS.gov or contact our office by visiting our website at www.efileflorida.com and/or calling 954-583-8534 for an appointment to have your tax return professionally prepared.

3. Do a little research. Check out Publication 17 on IRS.gov. It’s a comprehensive collection of information for taxpayers highlighting everything you’ll need to know when filing your return. Review Pub 17 to ensure you’re taking all credits and deductions for which you’re eligible.

4. Think ahead to how you will file. Will you prepare your return yourself or go to a preparer? Do you qualify to file at no cost using Free File on IRS.gov? Are you eligible for free help at an IRS office or volunteer site? Will you purchase tax preparation software or file online? There are many things to consider. So, give yourself time to weigh them all and find the option that best suits your needs.

5. Take your time. Rushing to get your return filed increases the chance you will make a mistake and not catch it.

6. Double-check your return. Mistakes will slow down the processing of your return. In particular, make sure all the Social Security Numbers and math calculations are correct. These are the most common errors made by taxpayers.

7. Consider e-file. When you file electronically, the computer will handle the math calculations for you, and you will get your refund in about half the time it takes when you file a paper return.

8. Think about Direct Deposit. If you elect to have your refund directly deposited into your bank account, you will receive it faster than waiting for a check by mail.

9.. The official IRS Web site is a great place to find everything you may need to file your tax return: forms, tips, FAQs and updates on tax law changes. You can also visit our website at www.efileflorida.com for great tips and articles or to ask a question.

10. Relax. There is no need to panic. If you run into a problem, remember E File Florida is here to help you.

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