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Whether you have been procrastinating, have been too busy or plain forgot, the deadline for filing your taxes is almost here! But don’t despair, filing your taxes can be easy and painless when you file with TurboTax so there’s no reason to wait any longer. Here are some tips for making the tax filing process smooth and effortless.
Have everything ready.
Organization is key when it comes to getting started on your preparing your tax returns. Putting all the paperwork and information you will need in one place makes the process a lot smoother. Here are some of the things you will need to gather to get started:
- Personal information including Social Security numbers and dates of birth for you and all of your dependents.
- Information about your income including any adjustments to your income.
- Documentation to ensure you get all the tax deductions you deserve including but not limited to: child care costs, education costs and expenses, home mortgage interests, investment interest expenses, charitable donations, casualty and theft, insurance reimbursements and medical and dental expenses.
Don’t wait to get started!
For me the hardest part when it comes to filing my taxes is getting started. Taking that first step towards filing your taxes is a lot easier when you know that you have the support of a service you can feel confident with and that makes the process quicker and easier.
With TurboTax you can get a jumpstart on your taxes as imputing your information is so easy! By using W-2 snap & auto-fill all you have to do is snap a photo of your W-2 with your phone or tablet, verify your data and watch as your information is securely put into all the right tax forms for you. Additionally, TurboTax securely imports tax information directly from more than 1.5 million employers and financial institutions, eliminating data entry and increasing accuracy. And TurboTax coaches you step-by-step to help get your taxes done right. Just answer simple questions about your life, like “Did you get married?”, “Did you buy a house?” and TurboTax will find every tax break you qualify for so you can be confident you are getting every dollar you deserve. You don‟t need any tax knowledge. Plus TurboTax takes care of all the math!
File your taxes from anywhere.
You don’t need to carve out hours out from your busy schedule. With TurboTax filing your taxes is not only easy but you can do it from your phone, tablet or computer because you have access to TurboTax online anytime and anywhere. You can also start, stop and continue your taxes across devices. I started on my computer at home and continued on my tablet phone as I waited for my little guy to finish soccer practice. Paying was also super easy, specially if you have an iOS device since you can pay through Apple Pay with just the touch of your fingertip so I didn’t need to input any credit card information while I was out and about.
Don’t do it alone.
With SmartLook from TurboTax you have access to a live tax expert who guides you through the process and answers your questions by drawing on your screen to get you the answers you need, and the best part is that TurboTax has bilingual experts available so you can communicate with them in English or Spanish or even Spanglish (which is usually my language of choice). The bilingual expert talks to you through one-way live video so you can actually see them and have a conversation with them (don’t worry they can’t see you) and you don’t have to deal with a chat or worry about writing your questions and reading the answers. Knowing that you are not doing this alone makes all the difference and TurboTax is the only tax filing service that lets customers connect in real time with CPA and Enrolled Agents via one-way video. With TurboTax you are not alone when filing your taxes!
Choose a service that makes you feel confident and make sure you get the refund you deserve.
Only TurboTax Explain Why gives you personalized, bite-sized explanations of the “why” behind your tax refund, that way you can understand why your refund amount is fluctuating and can be confident that your tax return is done right.
My biggest worry is always that we won’t get the best refund; that we will miss something and that we will either leave money on the table or have to pay more taxes than we should. TurboTax has put everything in place to ensure they are checking over 350 tax deduction to get you the best refund, which will make you feel great about deciding to file on your own. And TurboTax backs this up with their Maximum Refund Guarantee so you can feel confident that you will receive the money you deserve!
So what are you waiting to get started filing your taxes? Remember that the deadline for filing your taxes is April 18!