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Happy First Day of Autumn: How to Not “Fall” Behind on Your Tax Preparation

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When my husband and I started filing our taxes, we didn’t know everything we needed to know about filing taxes. We learn more and more each year and adjust our “system” as needed, especially since I’m self-employed. With the help of TurboTax Premium, we feel more prepared and confident than ever in getting our taxes done.

Though Autumn just began, now is a smart time to start getting your stuff ready for tax time (if you haven’t already). Since things are slow tax-wise, you can take the time to get your documents in order and make some tax moves without the crunch of tax time, which can help you save money in the long run.

Looking to make filing taxes easier? Here are tips to smooth out the process now and later:

Know what to expect. Having the right paperwork in front of you makes it much easier (and more accurate) when you file. Not sure what you need? Don’t worry; TurboTax will walk you through what you need, ask you simple questions, and give you the tax deductions and credits you are eligible for based on your entries.

Have a regular system for your taxes. As an entrepreneur, I learned that I can save myself a lot of time by staying on top of finances little by little. More frequent tracking of your income and expenses will save you time and help you avoid missing anything at tax time.

Sylvia Inks, author of Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur, suggests scheduling time each week to review your finances. This helps avoid forgetting or losing receipts that we need to claim certain tax deductions. A quick review and tidying up of your records can pay dividends at tax time.

To make this process easier, QuickBooks Self-Employed helps you track your business income, expenses, and mileage and capture your receipts all year long. You can then export your information directly to TurboTax Premium at tax time.

Keep Human Resources updated. Have you had a recent change in your life, like a new baby or move? Go ahead and let your Human Resources representative know. Your HR representative may need to know if you had a change of address so you don’t miss important documents that are being sent to you. Additionally, you may also need to file a new Form W-4 to change your withholding with your employer or payroll provider. If you’ve experienced life changes, it’s important to update your W-4 so that there are no tax surprises when you file your taxes. Our TurboTax W-4 calculator will also help you easily estimate your 2023 withholding in light of your life events.

Go over your investments. Are you taking advantage of your financial situation before the year ends? If you have losing stocks, you can sell them and offset your capital losses against your capital gains. You also may want to look at maxing out your retirement. For 2023, you can contribute $22,500 ($30,000 if 50 or older) to your 401K and reduce your taxable income at the same time. If you are self-employed, you can contribute up to the lesser of $66,000  or 25% of your net income to a SEP IRA for 2023.

Make end-of-year moves. You can start making some end-of-year tax moves now that can help you lower your tax liability like donating to charity or purchasing that computer equipment for your business before year-end can help lower your tax liability.

Try to make some time over the next week or so to get things together — you’ll be so much happier now and later!

We’d love to hear from you… What tips do you have to make taxes easier? How do you organize things?

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6 responses to “Happy First Day of Autumn: How to Not “Fall” Behind on Your Tax Preparation”

  1. I am no longer self-employed, so please don’t send anything for self-employed. I would, however, still like to have all your information for retirees.

  2. Entering Tax data regularly on a spreadsheet helps lighten the end of year chaos. I do mine monthly add up all the bills, all the tax information put it on a spreadsheet, then summit for the end of the year. That’s the basis for my tax return

  3. When you are retired and start on social security and you do a budget for the year, calculate your budget for both income and expenses three ways…once as a married couple, and onece for just you and once for just your spouse. This was a huge benefit when my husband passed away over 7 years ago.

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