Ths IRS processes electronic returns faster. Options include tax software, an accountant or, if you meet income guidelines, a free service.
H&R Block and Jackson-Hewitt are offering free preparation of 1040EZ forms at the discount retailer's stores. Wal-Mart also offers economical cashing of refund checks.
Organizing your financial information at the beginning of the year will make next year's tax return easier to prepare. Brush up on tax law, too.
April 15 is a Sunday and April 16 is a holiday in the District of Columbia, which means taxpayers will have 2 more days to prepare their returns.
You've been through winds and high water. Take advantage of any tax deductions to soften the blow.
According to the government's lawsuit, the phony claims -- apparently processed by a single tax preparer -- were spread over some 300 accounts in several different banks.
No one wants to be audited, but following some simple guidelines can make the process less painful -- and maybe less expensive.
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