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/Refunds
. The 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."