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Tax Time: Early Birds Catch a Breather

2014 Resolutions

April 15 may seem light-years away, but taking control of your tax situation now can save you time and frustration later. By getting a jump start you’ll have time to request copies of missing documents; avoid the last minute rush; and, if you’re getting a refund, probably receive it sooner.

Here are some tips:

  • Gather records in advance. Make sure you have the documentation you need, including W-2s and 1099s. Save a copy for your files.
  • Get the right forms. Visit your local library or check the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) website’s Forms and Publications section at
  • Give yourself a break--a coffee break, that is. Rushing can cause errors, so take your time.
  • Double-check your math and Social Security number. These are among the most common errors on tax returns.
  • Use direct deposit. Let the IRS put your refund right into your account.
  • Consider filing electronically. It’s easy and fast and the refund will be in your account even faster.