5 Tips to make tax time more manageable

Monday, April 1, 2013

5 Tips to make tax time more manageable

Most people don't like the idea of having to do taxes each year. However, it is a mandatory chore for  all people to do, or else they will run into trouble with the IRS. If you happen to be employed by an employer who automatically deducts a taxable amount of money from your earnings each month, you are lucky. However, if you are self-employed or work as a freelance writer, you will be responsible for your own taxes. Here are some tips to prepare your taxes.

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1.     Schedule a Time to Do It

Most people procrastinate because they do not create a time to do their taxes. You can overcome procrastination by setting up a specific time to organize your taxes. Doing your taxes may take up the whole day, so maybe you will have to choose a free weekend and spend the whole day calculating your tax amount. The best part is, once you are done, you will feel a lot relieved.

2.       Use Professional Tax Management Software

There are currently a number of tax management software to help you manage your taxes efficiently. Some are free, but others will ask you for a small monthly fee. The software will automatically calculate your tax amount according to the tax bracket that you enter. Having such type of software is extremely convenient when you are not good at maths or too busy to do the calculations yourself. 

3.       Set Aside Enough Money for Your Taxes

If you are self-employed or work as an independent contractor, you will be responsible for your own taxes. You need to set aside certain amount of money from your monthly income for your taxes. This way, you will be on the safer side and won't end up having to panic when tax time comes.

4.       Read up on the Tax Code

Many people have no idea how the IRS works and what rights and responsibilities they have in terms of taxes. To protect yourself, you should read the tax code carefully and not get confused.

5.       Hire Professional Help

If you just don't have enough time or energy to follow the above tips, consider hiring a professional CPA accountant to help you out. This way, you no longer have to worry about your taxes and could focus your energy on your business alone.

Author Bio: 

Vo Thi Quynh Yen offers tax relief tips, takes keen interest in business and finance, She harbours ambitions to become entrepreneur in the future.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Great post!

Planning and being organised really is the key for managing your taxes. But too often this is easier said than done. If feeling unsecure about how and what to claim, using external help is the best way. Taxes are not a matter to toy with.

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