Filing Deadline: Midnight – Wednesday, April 15th 2020

  1. Round up all 2019 receipts, canceled checks and other documents that support income and/or deductions that you plan to claim on your return. Set aside an envelope or folder to collect the documents that arrive in the mail so you’ll have them all in one spot when the time comes to complete your return.
  2. Your W-2 and/or 12099 has to be postmarked no later than January 31, so be on the lookout for delivery of these in early February.
  3. Use the Interactive Tax Assistant available on the IRS website to find answers to you tax questions about credits and deductions, general filling questions and more www.irs.gov/help/ita
  4. Find everything you need to file your tax return at www.irs.gov. Here you will have access to forms, publications, tips, and answers to FAQs as well as updated tax law changes.
  5. Let free File to the hard work for you. It’s available exclusively at www.irs.gov. Everyone can find an option to prepare their tax return and e-file it for free.
  6. If you do not wish to e-file, you can prepare your return in a variety of ways. You may also be eligible for free in-person help at a volunteer site in your community or check with AARP.
  7. Consider direct deposit if you wish to receive your refund faster than a paper check in the mail. It’s also more secure, with the funds going directly to your bank account. You can also have the money deposited into more than one account or you can direct your refund to an IRA account. You can also choose to purchase savings bonds with your tax return. Contact your professional tax adviser for details.
  8. Check out the 2019 tax-year edition of IRS Publication 17, your Federal Income Tax, on irs.gov. It highlights everything you’ll need to know when filling your return. IRS Publication 17 is updated each year near the last week in December.
  9. Double-check the accuracy of all of the Social Security numbers and other data on your return whether using tax preparation software or online services.
  10. Identity theft and tax fraud are on the rise. Experts are advising that you file as early you possibly can to claim your refund and avoid someone else filling a return using your personal information. If you owe taxes, you have the option to file immediately and pay by the tax deadline. Additionally, be sure to protect your computers and devices by installing security software.