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Online tax fi lers should follow these tips for 2019
As time continues to tick,
millions of tax filers are
beginning to feel the pressure
to fi le a tax return. But big questions
still remain, and for those fi ling online,
those questions are compounded by
the myriad options for submitting a
Fortunately for those online
filers, there is such a thing as sound
advice. With help from some of
America’s renowned tax experts,
we’ve compiled a list of the top four
tips for filing online in 2019.
1. Organization is important -
especially if you’re filing online
Organizing necessary documents
is one of the most important steps
to make tax preparation smoother.
Start with gathering last year’s
tax return. Online filers will need
information from this document.
From there, secure income
documents, receipts, etc. Checking
the documents against a checklist
can help taxpayers be sure they’ve
got everything they need. Missing
tax documents can mean missing out
on entitled tax benefits. Taxpayers
can find ready-to-use checklists
or customize their own online, at
places like hrblock.com/checklist.
2. Digitize documents
Taxpayers can avoid the paper
chase of finding tax and financial
documents by downloading online
copies whenever possible or
snapping pictures of hard copies.
These files can then be placed in an
online storage tool like MyBlock.
3. Life is FULL of distractions, so
limit yours when filing a return
A recent survey from H&R Block
asked consumers what sort of things
they do when filing their taxes,
and the answers were interesting.
People browse social media, watch
TV, cook dinner, yell at their kids,
and so on.
More distractions can mean a
higher likelihood of mistakes or
missed credits and deductions.
Limit those distractions and focus
on the task at hand.
4. Take advantage of
Fortunately, taxpayers don’t have
to make a choice between doing their
taxes themselves or completely
turning over the preparation to a
tax professional. Before committing
to any specific online tax filing
product, taxpayers should be sure
to investigate what assistance
options are available in case they
get stuck or have concerns. Most
online tax filing products offer
some sort of assistance, whether it’s
going to an in-product help center
or even having a tax pro review
their completed return before it is
submitted to the IRS.
Taxpayers looking for a middle
ground may want to select
something like H&R Block’s new
Ask a Tax Pro service that gives
them unlimited, on-demand chat
sessions with a tax expert, so they
can get the help they need as they
are working on their tax returns.
Filing taxes isn’t optional for
most Americans, but following
these four tips can help make the
do-it-yourself path a lot smoother.
For a full lineup of online and
software tax filing products and to
get started, visit hrblock.com.
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