IRS 2012 tax season opened on January 17 and income tax preparation is now a priority. But at lowest you can save on the considerable cost of possessing your return done for you. You can e-file your own income tax return free if you’re one of the taxpayers who qualify (most do). If you don’t qualify, there are other ways you can reduce your costs.
If your adjusted obscene income (AGI) in 2011 was $57,000 or less, then you qualify to use the IRS free file mini-site. This is a free tax preparation and digital filing site for those taxpayers who fall under the AGI limit which was developed by a partnership involving the IRS and tax computer software companies. If you qualify, you can find a free file organization thru the IRS.
If your Adjusted Gross Income is above the limit, you can still efile your federal tax return free thru on the net tax preparation companies – but you will have to pay to file your state tax return. So you need to consider how much filing your state tax return will cost. Of training, this isn’t a problem for those who live in a state with very low or no state taxes.
You can also use a Free File Fillable Form to do your submitting. This is like a paper tax return but you can fill it in online and file it free of charge, You do need to be able to prepare your own return, but you can use the free on the web tax estimation software and transfer the figures and you should have earlier tax returns as a guide, especially if very Little has changed. However, this also does not include your state tax return.
If your tax situation is complex, you can almost certainly justify the cost and might be safer with a tax preparer who is familiar with your particular situation and who has confirmed reliability. But you could try negotiating a lower price. Otherwise an on the web research will turn up several different companies whose costs may vary considerably. Again, these fees are based on an ordinary tax situation; anything more complex will attract extra prices.
You should also consider the qualifications and experience of the tax preparer and not just go for the lowest charges. Remember, you could be lured in by low advertised costs but could find oneself spending excess for services which would normally be included. Make sure up front exactly what will be included in the fee. Remember, you could find oneself paying a lot more in tax than the income you save by using an inferior tax prepare who makes a error with your income tax return.
Whatever you do, don’t go for a tax refund anticipation loan, as you will get your refund very quickly (usually within a week or two) thru e-submitting anyway if you elect to have the refund directly deposited to your account, and these are expensive options.
All in all, doing your taxes is not a task anyone genuinely looks forward to. But if you are organized and keep on top of it, you can pay very Tiny or even get your tax preparation free, and this makes the effort worthwhile,