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Tax-Filing Tips For Procrastinators

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/15/2014

If you haven't filed your taxes yet, you better get to it! Today is Tax Day! So it's down to the wire. Rachel Kent has some last-minute tips for procrastinators. It's that time of year, tax season. When accountants like John Rodriguez are working around the clock. "Typically a lot of people procrastinate and wait 'til the last minute," Rodriguez says. People expecting a refund are usually quicker to file. "My husband goes to school, he's a full time student and a full time worker so the money we file, that he pays for tuition, he does get a pretty good percentage of it back," says Sara Morales, who filed her taxes before the deadline. But Rodriguez says pepple who owe money to the IRS tend to push it off, often not realizing you can file an extension. "Typically the people who wait 'til the last minute are the ones that usually owe and we can help those people out by filing extensions just to give them more time." Rodriguez says. There are ways to make filing your taxes a little less painful if you haven't done it yet. "Bring your W2, ID, Social Security card, those few things could save time and help the process," Rodriguez says. And turning to the experts could help you avoid costly mistakes. We wanted to know what was one of the most common tax mistakes you are likely to make. "A lot of people don't know that they can claim moving expenses, Austin being the number one fastest growing city in America, there are a lot of people moving here, if you move 50 miles, you're able to claim moving expenses," Rodriguez says. If you're owed a tax refund and you don't file by today, you won't get hit with a penalty. This has always been the case, but many people don't realize it. If it turns out that you do owe, you'll pay a fine for filing late.

   
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