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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Income Tax Preparation Organization Tips

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Even if you have someone taking care of your tax preparations for you, there are things that you can to do to ensure that the process will be as smooth as possible.

Here are a few tips for residents of Georgia. Income tax preparation will be a cinch with these simple organizing techniques.

  • Start early – Tax prepares continue to get busier as April 15th draws closer. You can expedite the whole process of getting your taxes completed by having your paperwork together early. See your tax preparer in February or early March when their hair hasn't started getting grayer by the day yet. You will get the best quality work when your preparers mind isn't on the pile of paperwork they have to get to after they are done with yours.
  • Necessary Information – Numbers like Social Security numbers and Tax Payer ID numbers are essential. Make sure to have these compiled, so you won't have to scrounge around for them when your tax preparer asks you for them.
  • Folders – If you show up with a shoe box full of receipts, your tax preparer will not be happy. They may not even want to do your taxes for you. If they do, you definitely won't get a good price. If you show up with a folder with multiple pockets, and everything divided into its own category, you are sure to get prompt service at a reasonable price. It only takes a few minutes for you to sort everything, since it is your paperwork. It's a much bigger ordeal for the preparer, and they will want to be well paid for the extra effort.
  • Prior Taxes – Don't forget to include a copy of last years tax forms. These can help your preparer to get things done even more quickly by giving them a basis to start with. It will also help them to give you a better estimate of how much your tax prep will cost this year.

If you follow these few simple steps, you will be making your tax preparation process much smoother. 

Your tax preparer will appreciate it, and so will your wallet and your sanity.


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