Ways to Save Money While Doing Your Taxes

Doing your taxes is not exactly the most exciting task in the world.  Oftentimes we dread it or even put it off as long as possible because we don’t want to have to pay any money–whether it be paying the IRS what you owe or paying someone to do your taxes.  If it’s the latter you are worried about, we might can help!  Here are few different ways you can save money on tax preparations.

DIY

Many people prefer to go to an accountant to get their taxes done.  This is simply because they are experienced in the field and know what they are doing more so than the average person.  However, it is easy to do your taxes yourself thanks to increasingly intuitive tax software such as TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxAct, and more. These software programs prompt you through every single part of doing your taxes, making it super easy and efficient.  You really don’t have to do anything except have all of your information together.  Doing your taxes yourself can save you hundreds of dollars in fees from accountants.  Of course, if you don’t feel comfortable with the software, or you have a complicated situation, a professional might be a better option for you.

Organization is Key

If you want to have your taxes done by a professional, make sure you have all of your paperwork organized and turn it in early.  Tax professionals often charge extra if you are disorganized or if you need their services expedited.  Save a few bucks by having your papers together in a timely manner.

Compare Prices

Just as if you were purchasing something for your home, shop around and compare prices on tax software.  Prices will vary between products, and you want to make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck.  Look for the difference in features, ease of use, and price point.  It also doesn’t hurt to get the price of a few professionals in your area and compare the software prices to their prices.  Doing your research always comes in handy when you are trying to save a few dollars.

Skipping Features

If you decide to go ahead and do your taxes yourself with software, check the different packages they offer before buying.  Some offer extra features like tools for tracking your charitable contributions or checklists for your paperwork that you don’t need.  Skip all the extra features and just get the bare minimum package that you need to get your taxes accomplished correctly, and your wallet will thank you.

There are many ways to save a few bucks on tax preparations, but it does require a bit of research.  Take your time, get your papers organized, and look around for the best deal, and you will have it done and your refund on the way in no time.  

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