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New Year's Tax Prep




  1. Fill out tax forms: Start filling out your tax forms, such as the 1040 or 1040EZ. Ensure that you accurately report your income, deductions, and credits. Use software or online services to simplify this process.
  2. Gather additional documentation: Collect any additional documentation that may be required for your specific tax situation. This could include receipts for charitable donations, medical expenses, or education expenses.
  3. Choose the right filing method: Decide whether you will file your taxes on your own, use tax software, or hire a tax professional. Each method has its pros and cons, so choose the one that works best for you.


  1. Review and proofread: Double-check your tax forms for any errors or discrepancies. Ensure that all numbers are accurate and that you have included all necessary information.
  2. File your taxes: Submit your tax return electronically or by mail before the IRS deadline, which is typically on April 15th. If you need additional time, file for an extension.
  3. Organize your records: After filing your taxes, organize your records for the new tax year. Keep track of all your receipts, bank statements, and other important documents for future reference.


  1. Review your refund or payment: If you are expecting a tax refund, check the status of your refund using the IRS website or app. If you owe money, make sure you have a plan in place to pay your taxes by the due date.
  2. File for an extension if needed: If you were unable to file your taxes by the deadline, file for an extension using Form 4868. This will give you an additional six months to complete your tax return.
  3. Start planning for next year: Take note of any changes in your financial situation throughout the year that may impact your taxes. Consider making adjustments to your withholdings or estimated tax payments to avoid surprises next year.


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