Month: December 2017

5 Ways to Get Organized for 2018 Tax Season

Preparing and setting a game plan now will save you from scrambling next year. With tax returns season finally over (unless you asked for a taxes extension), this isan excellent time to reflect on what you can do for next year to make organizing your returns a more enjoyable experience.

Tax time only comes once a year, but it can feel like it lasts for weeks — here are a few of my favorite ways to reduce the stress and time spent on tax, and financial documentation generally speaking.

Determine Whether to Itemize or Not To Make a List Of

As an individual, you have two options, itemized rebates or a standard deduction, with how you want to file your individual 1040, and making that decision now will help you figure out what you need to save and maintain track of during the year. One thing to keep in mind is that not every buck you may spend will be deductible — for the 2017 tax years (filing in 2018), the expenses you are trying to find to itemize (specifically medical) must exceed 10 percent of your altered gross income (AGI).

Another thing to remember is that everyone, whatever your tax returns filing status, is qualified for a standard discount. See more.

Save Business Expenditures more tax returns

In general, if you are running a little business or startup, and are trying to claim absolute items as business expenses during the year, you are going to have to justify these costs to the IRS. My recommendation is always to save, or track, any items you think you might even want to state as a business expense. My personal two favorite methods of conserving business expenses are to either have everything sent to myself electronically so I can save the emails for tax time, or have it break through the app.

Track Your Contributions and Dues

If you donate to different charities and groups or even pay dues for professional organizations, which can range from animal rights organizations to dues paid for realtors and even CPAs, you might be capable of taking that contribution, or a portion of it, as tax deductions. You will either obtain an email at the end of the 12 months letting you know how much you had contributed or should receive a sales receipt explaining how much of your payment or contribution is tax deductible.

File Your Finance Documents

We all get so many emails during the course of the year, but taking a little time to auto-file where these emails go can save you much stress come next duty season. Bank e-statements, credit card e-statements, retirement account information, and any business expenditures should either be stored in a tax file in your inbox, or put in a taxes folder during the year. A little time now will save you much time next tax season.

Know the tax times

April is well-known as tax month, but several other schedules are important in the past year. Quarterly taxes for your business, for example, are due to the 15th of April, June, September, and January, to ensure that you record and pay if you need to. Lastly, you should have received all of your tax documents, including W-2’s and any 1099’s, by January 31st. When you are missing documentation, make confident to reach out to keep yourself from falling behind. See more this site: