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Tax Tips & Links


  • If you're looking for your refund, please wait at least 2 weeks (preferably 3!) before calling the IRS.  In the meantime, there's a handy dandy tool on their site: http://www.irs.gov/RefundsThe information is only updated once a day, so there's no point in checking more often.


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Getting Ready to do your taxes
  • Gather all of your W2s, 1099's and other "important tax documents." 
  • Retrieve your prior year tax return.  If you can't find it, ask your tax preparer.  If you can't or didn't use a tax preparer last year, use can still get a copy from the IRS.  A summary is free, a copy of the forms is not.
  • For do-it-yourselfers, decide on a tax program.  There are several out there.  I won't list any because I don't want to appear to endorse any of them.  They all have their benefits and limitations.
  • If you have anything new this year (i.e., marriage, divorce, children, new house), it's a good idea to hire a professional.  With all of the tax changes this year, unless you can use the 1040EZ and had no changes since 2009, I would suggest hiring a professional anyway.
  • Keep in mind, any paid tax preparer must be registered with the IRS and have a Preparer's Tax ID Number, or PTIN to put on the tax form next to their name.
  • Beware!  NO ONE can promise you a refund!  There are lots of scammers out there, so if a "tax preparer" starts making such promises, head for the door!  (You may also want to report them to the BBB & the IRS.)  Remember the old adage:  "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."