The clock is ticking towards April 18

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Whether we like to or not, doing our taxes is a fact of life for millions of Americans. The IRS reports that in 2021 alone, the agency received over 145 million phone calls from January 1 through May 17, more than four times the average number. This year, the IRS continues to encourage citizens to use the agency’s free resources ranging from free assistance at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly locations across the country to the availability of the IRS Free File program.

Earlier this year, the IRS released their top five tips to remember when filing your taxes, such as avoiding guessing when filing your taxes so that your possible return isn’t delayed by a back and forth with the agency. Also, be sure to use the proper forms, all of which are available for free at the IRS’s website. Also, before calling the IRS for assistance, use all of the free online and in-person resources that the agency offer. In 2021, the IRS received over 140 million phone calls between Jan 1 and May 17.

Furthermore, if you’re still in the process of filing your taxes for 2020 and you want to file for 2021, file electronically for the quickest turnaround. Millions of Americans don’t have to pay to file online. Instead, the IRS provides a Free File program for anyone or family who made less than $73,000 last year.

The Better Business Bureau also encourages citizens to use an Enrolled Agent who can represent taxpayers. Or consider a CPA that may charge you more but has a background in doing various types of taxes. Last year’s average tax refund was more than $2,800. More than 160 million individual tax returns for the 2021 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the traditional April 18 tax deadline.

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