Tax Return Preparation Tips

Tax Defense Expert understands that filing income taxes is a complicated job. Many tax preparation services are honest businesses, and provide accurate and authentic information to taxpayers about how to file their taxes. However, some professionals try to dupe taxpayers into paying them more to file erroneous tax returns on behalf of their clients. Tax Defense Expert offers taxpayers tips on tax preparation and tax preparers so that taxpayers can enjoy the service they deserve.

Tax Defense Expert knows the importance of choosing the correct tax preparation method to file your tax return successfully. Apart from choosing to do it yourself, you can always take help from professionals. Three commonly used methods for filing taxes are:

Tax Defense Expert: Licensed Tax Professional

Tax Defense Expert states that a taxpayer can use the services of a tax attorney, certified public accountant or an enrolled agent to help file taxes, but these professionals may not be necessary for simple individual returns. Most taxpayers seek outside help because of the complexity of the United States tax code. When choosing a tax professional, it is important to check if the tax professional is licensed.

Tax Defense Expert: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Tax Defense Expert believes VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) to be a supportive initiative by the IRS. Anybody whose income is  $50,000 or under can benefit from the IRS’ free tax help in preparing their tax returns. IRS certified volunteers offer free basic income tax return preparation to taxpayers in various neighborhood centers like schools and shopping malls. They also assist taxpayers in free electronic filing of tax returns.

IRS volunteers provide assistance in special tax credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

Tax Defense Expert explains the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) department by the IRS, which is tax help for the elderly. Any taxpayer who is 60 years of age or older can receive tax information about pensions, retirements, and grants from IRS volunteers.

Tax Defense Expert: Using Tax Software

Tax Defense Expert is familiar with the many problems taxpayers face in filing their tax returns. Filing taxes using tax software has become so popular that the IRS has tied up with many software companies who make their products available through the IRS. Some also support state tax returns. Using tax software through the IRS is free. There are steps to authenticate a taxpayer’s identity, but the process is not complex.

In simple cases of tax preparation, tax software can be used to file taxes electronically.

Tax Defense Expert encourages taxpayers to file their tax returns themselves if they are confident in doing so. In case of complexity, it is better to take assistance because erroneously filed tax returns mean difficulties later. Tax Defense Expert cautions taxpayers to use a tax preparation method after making sure it is authentic and competent.

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