Well it is almost that time of year again… tax time! Yes, this can bring fear and unease even to the steadiest and most organized among us.
The good news for 2018 is that, unlike most tax years, the timely filing deadlines for 2018 is April 17th and not April 15th. So, those last- minute filers have a little more time to file although you should file ASAP to avoid any late hiccups with your filings and/or potential delays.
If you need help getting started understanding your taxes and any related filing requirements, the IRS has a very useful website and tools to assist you. You can get some timely tax tips from the IRS here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-time-tips-from-the-irs
If you are preparing your own returns, you can access some online help resources from the IRS. Check out this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmUPHj3AvZc
There is also an interactive tax assistant program with the IRS, which may be helpful. Please check out this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkFPSk8qAc8
For some individuals, you can also file your taxes online for free directly with the IRS. Please check out this link to see if you qualify and for additional assistance: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
For most of us, tax time can be stressful and potentially complicated. If you need professional assistance you should ensure you find a qualified tax professional in your area to assist you. Keep in mind, you will still be responsible for providing any tax professional with related supporting documentation to prepare any returns. Therefore, don’t wait to the last minute if you need help since you will still need to do work to assist those folks.
If you live in the Beaverton, Oregon area, you can seek additional assistance from the free Tax Assistance Program (TAP). The TAP has open drop in hours through April 17, 2018. Please review the recommendations and contact information about the TAP here: https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1260/Tax-Assistance-Program
With some good preparation and assistance you will be able to get your tax returns and/or any extensions filed in a timely manner and check this yearly chore off your list in 2018.
Best of luck!