Top 10 Tax Time Tips

Help your tax filing process run smoother

Here are the Internal Revenue Service's top 10 tips that will help your tax filing process run smoother:

1.  Start gathering your records.  Collect all documents and forms you'll need (receipts, canceled checks and any other supporting documents regarding income or deductions).

2.  Be on the lookout for your W-2s and 1099s.

3.  Use Free file.  If you've made $58,000 or less, you qualify for free tax software that is offered through a private-public partnership.  Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic versions of IRS paper forms are also available if you are comfortable preparing your own tax return no matter your income level.  Visit to review your options.

4.  Try IRS e-file.  This is the safe, easy and most common way to file a tax return.  If you owe taxes, there are payment options to file immediately and pay by the deadline.  Or combine e-file with direct deposit to get your refund in as little as 10 days.

5.  Consider other filing options.   Weigh all the different options and find the one that best suits your needs.  You may even be eligible for free face-to-face help at an IRS office or volunteer site.

6.  Consider direct deposit.  You'll receive your refund faster than waiting for a paper check.

7.  Visit the IRS website again and again.  Here you'll find forms, publications, tips, answers to frequently asked questions and updates on tax law changes.

8.  Remember this number: 17.  IRS Publication 17 is a comprehensive collection of information for taxpayers.

9.  Review! Review! Review! Don't rush...mistakes will slow the processing of your return.  Double check all Social Security numbers and math calculations on your return.

10. Don't panic.  If you run into a problem go to or call toll-free 800-829-1040.

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