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When it comes to taxes, preparation is key -- whether you plan to use software, or fill out your tax return longhand. And even if you're prepared, getting started with filing taxes can be a challenging process, but it doesn't have to be.
We've put together some helpful resources and guides to help you get started so you can navigate your taxes like a pro.
The federal tax turn deadline for 2022 is April 18. If you're responsible for filing a state tax return, be sure to check to see when your state's filing deadline is this year.
The first step is to get all of your documents in order. You'll receive lots of different forms in the mail that you may need when preparing your tax return. These forms give you key information, such as details about your income and deductions you may be entitled to. Keep an eye out for the following tax forms:
There may be other forms sent to you by employers or companies you've done business with. Keep all this tax paperwork together as you receive it. While you won't need to submit most of it to the IRS (the companies who generate the forms send them directly), having it in one place will make completing your tax return much simpler.
Professional tax services range from straightforward filing to strategic long-term advice. Tax professionals can help save you time and even money when filing.
Consider seeking help if:
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