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Income Tax Filing

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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It's Income Tax Filing Time!

Income tax filing time can be a real stress test for a lot of us. Not only do we have to gather boxes of dull information, we then have to compile and compute and enter and then pray we've got it right before we send our return to the IRS. I don't know about you, but the worst part for me was always the awful feeling I got when I put my return in the mailbox and wondered if it would ever get there at all.

Actually, the second worst part was the waiting and waiting and waiting for my refund. It never seemed to come. One year, it took about nine weeks; I must have mailed my return at exactly the wrong time. Naturally, it usually came on a Saturday when I couldn't deposit it to my account. Ok, enough whining. Filing your income tax has gotten much, much better lately.

Income Tax Filing Online

Today, tax filing options are more diverse and more user-friendly than ever before. Let's take a look at the list. You can, of course, continue to go the paper route (no pun intended). You can also use the services of a professional tax preparer. Now you can even prepare your taxes on an Internet program. Finally, you can purchase a software program that will also allow you to file online once you've completed your return.

If you're one of those people who is more comfortable mailing your return, be sure to elect the direct deposit option. This will get your return into your hands much faster. There are, however, distinct advantages to using the electronic methods to complete your return. Your computer program will guide you through each step of the form, even to the extent of helping you find legitimate ways of saving money. Another terrific advantage is that you will get a confirmation of receipt from the IRS, usually within a day or so. Your direct deposit return will be in your account within days instead of weeks. It just makes great sense to use the power of the Internet when you file your taxes.

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