E-Filing Your Taxes: The Last Minute Option

by Jason Unger

If you’re one of the many people who has waited until the last day to file their taxes (that’s today, procrastinators!), you may be better off e-filing.

The IRS has a decent guide to e-filing your taxes, available here.

If you are looking to e-file, follow these three steps from the IRS.

Step 1 – Get all your tax information together! – You’ll save time and won’t have to stop in the middle of preparing your current year tax return to find a missing document. Here’s what you’ll need :

  • Social Security numbers for yourself, your spouse, and any dependents.
  • Forms W-2 from all employers are required for yourself and your spouse.
  • Forms 1099 for Dividends, Retirement, or other income, or any Forms 1099 with Income Tax Withholding.
  • Receipts for expenses for Itemized Deductions (Schedule A).
  • Receipts and records for other income or expenses.
  • Bank Account numbers (for a fast refund, or to pay electronically).
  • Prior year Adjusted Gross Income amount or prior year PIN if using a Self-Select PIN as your signature.
  • Complete information on what records you need, and how long to keep your records.

Step 2 – Choose the method of e-filing that works for you:

Step 3 – e-file it!

Rather than give you a list of why you should e-file your taxes, you should probably just go do it right now. Especially if you’re running out of time.

IRS e-file: Filing your taxes online was never easier!

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