Online Tax Return
Filing an online tax return is often presented as an easy alternative to traditional filing practices, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the process is self-explanatory. There are a number of important factors to consider when choosing the right service provider and taking advantage of deduction opportunities. Start with these tips for a successful experience.
Only choose IRS-authorized e-filers
In the Fiscal Year 2012, the Internal Revenue Service conducted 900 identity theft-related criminal investigations. Unfortunately, this figure increases every year with the growth of e-filing services. In many cases, the problem involved using an e-filer that wasn't authorized by the IRS. Make sure to take advantage of the Authorized IRS e-file Provider Locator, which allows you to contact an IRS-authorized tax professional in your area who has an approved electronic filing program.
Take advantage of IRA contributions
Say you went through the whole e-file process and aren't exactly happy with the figure you got. With most deductions, the deadline for your tax return is December 31 of the previous year. However, those who qualify for IRA contributions can make them up until April 15 of the following year. Choosing this method can help you keep more of your money in the long run.
Choose direct deductions and deposits
One of the most convenient aspects of filing a tax return online is that you can pay with a debit or credit card, or take the funds directly from your bank account. Direct deduction and deposit is typically the fastest way to undergo the process, while also reducing the risk of identity theft and processing errors.
H&R Block is an IRS-approved center for filing online tax returns. If you have questions or concerns about getting everything covered before filing, our tax professionals would be happy to help you optimize your online tax return. With over 12,000 locations across the country, you can count on easy accessibility and maximum convenience.