Tax Preparation

Year-end Tax Planning

Year-end Tax Planning

As the end of the year approaches, it's time to consider strategies that could help you reduce your tax bill. But most tax tips, suggestions, and strategies are of little practical help without a good understanding of your current tax situation. This is particularly true for year-end planning. You can't know where to go next if you don't know where you are now.

So take a break from the usual fall chores and pull out last year's tax return, along with your current pay stubs and account statements. Doing a few quick projections will help you estimate your present tax situation and identify any glaring issues you'll need to address while there's still time.

Avoid Refund Delays!

Many people dread tax time, but it can be even more frustrating if you have to wait longer than you’d hoped for your refund. Unfortunately, the Internal Revenue Service is warning that patience may be necessary this year. For one thing, identity theft and tax refund scams have become significant concerns, so the Service is taking extra measures to spot fraudulent returns. The IRS is also required to hold refunds for returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit until mid-February.

You can help prevent any additional delays by ensuring that you’re ready with all the necessary documents to file your return, including Forms W-2 and 1099 reporting your income, and all the required receipts and other paperwork to ensure you qualify for your deductions or credits. Contact our office today with any concerns you may have about preparing to file your return. We can offer personalized answers to all your financial questions.