It’s that time of the year again, and most of us if not all of us, should have received our W-2’s, 1099’s, and whatever financial documents that you would need in order to file your tax return.
Tax season can create a major headache, especially for those uneducated or simply unaware of some of the tax laws and solutions that may be available for them to make wise and well informed decisions.
This season comes around once every year like clockwork, but yet I see too many people burdened with the trouble of trying to figure out what to do and where to go when trying to get their returns prepared.
I’m not a tax lawyer by any means, but some of my friends’ problems could be addressed with some good ol’ common sense.
I compiled a quick list of things to do and to watch out for this tax season. Feel free to add some other suggestions in the comment section below.
5.) Be Patient
We’re so accustomed to getting our W-2’s by the end of January, but that isn’t always the case. Technically, your employer has til February 15th to get you your documents, but by even then if you still haven’t received it, you still should be patient.
The bottom line is that you should remember how many places you worked at last year. If you know you worked 5 spots, don’t file a return with just 3. Be patient and wait for the other 2 to show up and/or contact your employer. You may have moved and they could’ve mailed it to your old address of record. Depending on where you work, you may be able to even access your records online to save you some of the hassle.
It’s easier to just wait for all your records to come in rather than file a return, only to have to amend it later.