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Tax Tips From the IRS

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

March 15, 2007

Just a little over a month is left before the deadline; tax season is fully underway.

If you have access to a computer, the IRS says fill out all that paperwork on line.

It cuts down on human error, its both safe and secure, and it ensures you’ll get that refund put into your pocket as soon as possible.

“We all have a little bit more time here in Virginia, and that day is April 17th,” said Jim Dupree, spokesperson of the IRS.

As that deadline approaches there are many things*you can do at home to make sure getting your refund doesn't become a hassle.

“You can go to IRS.gov and right on that home page is a free file link, so you can prepare your federal return, if you earn less than $52,000 a year for absolutely free,” said Dupree.

New legislation passed by the government last year has some changes you need to look out for.

“People need to be aware of three things, if you are an educator and had out of pocket expenses, you can still claim up to $250 of that, college tuition fees are still deductible up to $4000 this year, and you’ll still have the option to claim either state and local sales tax,” said Dupree.

The IRS also says the question they get the most of this time of the year is, “Where is my refund check?”

“There’s even a where's my refund link right on the homepage,” said Dupree.

Dupree also said, “Check, double check, triple check, your math, check the social security numbers to make sure those are correct as well.”

When you do file, make sure to take your time.

“If you’re rushing your going to make a mistake, that's going to hold up the processing of your return, may delay you getting your refund, or you might miss a tax benefit,” said Dupree.

For more information and a link to the IRS, click on the news links section of our website.

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