Whether you’re filing taxes for just yourself, or need to report taxes on behalf of your company, this time of year can be stressful. Here are a few ways to stay organized this season and maybe relieve some of your worries.

Have Someone Help You Out

If you find that you are scrambling to the very last minute every year filing your own taxes, consider going to an accountant to help handle taxes for you. All you’ll need to do is show up for your appointment(s) with appropriate paperwork. You can also find out about additional deductions and tax breaks that you might qualify for.

Make a List & Check It Twice

IRS.gov will let you know exactly what’s needed to file your taxes. If you had to make a correction to your filing last year, it’s a good idea to double-check your paperwork before filing. Whether you’re filing just for yourself, or for a large family, you’ll find resources on how to file and how to fill out specific forms.

Find a Permanent Home for Your Files

Do you find yourself spread out all over the place looking for the appropriate files for submitting your taxes? Consider keeping all of your important tax files within one filing cabinet if possible. If your filing requires more than one cabinet’s worth of drawers, consider placing another filing cabinet nearby so you can stay organized.

Break Things Down Into Smaller Goals

If you tend to work on everything at once, try to focus on a couple of sections at a time. Start off by calculating your income, then plan on looking at receipts and potential deductions. This will help make filing your taxes less of a hassle.

Note: Tax codes usually change yearly and new changes could affect your tax filing procedures. Double-check to make sure there have been no changes from when you filed last year.

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