Tomorrow Is Tax Day

Tax day always seems to be a day of chaos and dread for taxpayers. We’ve all seen traffic jams and long lines at local Post Offices with last minute taxes held tightly in their hands hoping to get their taxes sent out on time. In 2017, tax day is actually tomorrow, April 18th!

Other than having your taxes prepared sooner there are other options than racing to the Post Office. Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? If you are not able to file your federal individual income tax return by the due date, you may be able to get an automatic 6-month extension of time to file. But to do so, you’ll need to not owe anymore income tax for last year. Best to check with the IRS for the proper forms and understand that there’s a nominal fee on the amount that’s being filed.

Also, don’t forget you can e-file your federal taxes right from your computer. It’s quick, easy and gives you immediate confirmation that Uncle Sam has happily gathered in your taxes.

April is National Financial Literacy Month, Detective Frank Money’s favorite month! Tax Day…not so much.

Preparing For Tax Day

Paying taxes can seem like handcuffs on your wallet.

When preparing for tax day don’t just assume that Federal, State and other income taxes will be the only thing you can declare hoping you’ll get some kind of tax return. Depending on what kind of job or jobs, or what kind of savings or purchases you’ve made, you may qualify to reduce your taxable income and get a larger refund.

Some of the more popular deductions you can take are charitable contributions, business expenses such as operating costs, mortgage interest, losses such as theft or property values. Also let’s not forget contributing to your 401k or Roth IRA. If you’re a first time home buyer, Uncle Sam gives you a nice financial credit to encourage you to own your home.

There’s a long list that will probably fit your reduction of taxable income. There’s no shortage of information out there, as well as, consulting a professional tax preparer.

April is National Financial Literacy Month, Detective Frank Money’s favorite month!