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While it's probably not anyone's idea of fun to sit down and file taxes, it certainly no longer has to be the hassle it once was. One of the largest complaints about filing taxes has been the confusing directions and mystifying tax codes. Many complain that it is the main reason for the errors that delay refunds. To alleviate this problem, the use of short forms and online filing makes completing the task actually be quite simple. Those with more complex returns often use professionals when it comes time to file taxes; however, even professionals file most tax returns online. It is simply a more trustworthy filing option.
There are many who still prefer to file taxes the old fashioned way through the mail. However, unless an individual has a great number of itemized deductions or a special set of circumstances, a majority of filers opt to use the 1040EZ short form. The form does have certain restrictions for use. Married or single, those with an income up to $100,000 can file taxes using the 1040EZ; however, no dependents can be claimed on the form. It simply allows filers to give the necessary information such as income and filing status. The filer then takes the standard deduction for their income.
The most popular way to file taxes is of course via the internet. Self guided programs make the process less confusing and provide more accurate returns. Once all the necessary information is filled out, the tax return can be sent electronically. In return filers receive an instant confirmation of receipt. This provides a feeling of security and finality that the task is completed. Those who file taxes online often receive their refund much quicker than those who file through the mail. Although there are certain restrictions, the IRS now offers its own free online tax filing to taxpayers in certain income brackets.
For those with complex tax returns or corporate tax returns, it is always a best bet to rely on the expertise of a certified and experienced professional when filing taxes. It is all too easy for the layperson to misinterpret tax codes and instructions. This is especially true when there is a good amount of data and financial information that must be examined. When and where necessary, a professional can also help file extensions should situations arise that will not have the tax return filed by the required due date. Those who fail to file taxes in a timely manner without asking for the appropriate extension can be subject to penalties and fines.
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