Are you ready for tax season? Make the process smooth this year by getting the necessary documentation together now.
Employers and others have until Jan. 31 to get you most of the forms you will need to file your tax return. Be sure to check them for accuracy when the forms arrive.
Pay attention and avoid perennial errors like bad math. Plus, be aware of some specific pitfalls and changes for 2012 returns.
The complexity of the code requires people to spend too much time on their tax returns, watchdog says, even though 90% use software or a tax preparer.
Taxpayers who use some schedules will have to wait until mid-February or March. So far, there is no reason to expect refunds to be delayed.
Most records can be safely discarded after three years, but you'll want to keep some types of paperwork longer. Yes, you can keep those files electronically.
Volunteer and community programs will help you with your taxes, though some set income limits or deal only with simple returns. Anyone can file free online.
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