As we enter autumn here in the United States, there’s another milestone coming up soon. October 16 – the tax deadline for filing your 2022 tax return. If you’ve been procrastinating on filing your taxes, you’re not alone. According to the Chamber of Commerce, 31% of Americans say they procrastinate and wait until the last minute to file their taxes. Interestingly, the younger generation tended to file their taxes earlier than their older counterparts.
Besides procrastination, some are delaying getting their taxes completed because they are worried about getting them done correctly. Fortunately, there are ways to help with both.
Tips on Getting Your Taxes Done
If you’re worried that you won’t get your taxes done on time, here are a few tricks you can use to get it completed and off your already full plate.
- Create Your Own Deadline: October 16th is the official tax deadline, but you can do yourself a big favor and pick an earlier date to be your deadline. Mark it on your calendar (offline or online), and make sure it’s listed as a big event. You don’t want to miss the date. Just think of it this way – the sooner it’s over, the sooner you can relax.
- Break It Down: Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead of you? Break it down into little pieces of work. Get your W-2s in one day, take care of your 1099s the next, and so forth. When we were doing our taxes this year, I simply entered the information bit by bit into TurboTax online as it came in. No stress, no mess.
- Enlist an Accountability Buddy: If you need a bit of a push, ask a friend or relative to keep tabs on you until you have filed your taxes.
Try out any one of these tips starting today, and add another if you need a bigger boost. Don’t avoid filing your taxes even if you didn’t properly file an extension. You may be missing out on a nice tax refund.
Thoughts on Tax Extensions
Please remember that the tax extension is an extension of time to file and not an extension to pay. If you owe money and you don’t have the total amount, please go online to IRS.gov or call them (800-829-1040) to request an Online Payment Agreement and get on a payment plan. If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments below.
I’d love to hear from you about how you’re doing this year. How many of you had filed an extension for your taxes? How many of you still need to file before the deadline? What is the biggest barrier for you?
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