The advantages of electronic tax filing are numerous, and, depending on the complexity of your tax return, may save you a significant amount of time and money. Let’s take a look at the typical citizen doing a tax return so that we can compare the paper option and the electronic option. They both start out the same way.
It’s up to the taxpayer to keep records of expenditures that are deductible, such as charitable contributions. The taxpayer is also in charge of doing some calculations, such as adding up deductible expenses, W2 gross pay amounts, and W2 taxes paid. It’s even up to the taxpayer to make the decision as to how to complete a tax return.
Currently, as a taxpayer, you have three choices. You can do your own return on a paper form that you get in the mail, from a library, or at a post office. You can go to a local or national tax preparation company. Finally, you can choose the newest option, electronic tax filing.
In all three cases, responsibility for collecting tax documents is yours. Tax preparers can charge hundreds of dollars. Doing it yourself can be confusing. By using an online tax filing company, you will find yourself guided through the process step-by-step, beginning with questions designed to determine which form you should use. Then you will be asked questions relating to every line on the form, and, in some cases, you will learn about deductions you may not have realized you could take. Next your return will be checked for unusual entries. Finally, you can file online, opt for direct deposit, and get your return within days.