City Social Magazine

MAR 2013

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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We are half way through filing season and April 15th is fast approaching, so when you're looking for tax information, you want to find it as quickly and easily as possible. That's why the IRS redesigned its website to be even more user friendly. Get 24/7 Access Whether you do your taxes during the day or burn the midnight oil, is accessible all day, every day. You can view and download tax forms and publications any time. The Interactive Tax Assistant is a helpful tool that will answer many of your tax law questions. Use Free File Anyone can prepare and e-file their taxes for free with IRS Free File. Offered exclusively at, Free File's brand name software or fillable forms do the work for you. If you made $57,000 or less, you qualify to use free tax software. If your income is more than $57,000 or you feel comfortable preparing your own tax return, use Free File Fillable Forms. This option provides the electronic versions of IRS paper forms. Try IRS e-file Whether you do your own taxes or hire a preparer, IRS e-file is the safest, easiest, and most popular way to file a complete and accurate tax return. If you owe taxes, e-file gives you options to file early and pay by the tax deadline. If you are due a refund, you should receive it in less than 21 days. By Dee Harris Stepter Top 10 Ways to Get Help from Check Your Refund Status You can track your refund using the enhanced "Where's My Refund?" tool. It's quick, easy, and secure and has a new look this year. You can start checking on the status of your refund within 24 hours after the IRS has received your e-filed return. You can check your refund status four weeks after you mail a paper return. The tool includes a tracker that displays the progress of your return in three stages while it is processed. Once IRS approves your refund, "Where's My Refund?" will give a date to expect your refund. full, you may be eligible to use the Online Payment Agreement Application to request an installment agreement. The address of the official IRS website is www. Don't be misled by sites that claim to be the IRS but end in .com, .net, or .org. Some thieves use phony websites to gain your personal and financial information. They then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. Remember, protect yourself at all times. Make Payments Electronically E-payment options are a convenient, safe, and secure way to pay taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, use a credit or debit card, or enroll in the U.S. Treasury's Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. Request a Payment Agreement Paying all your taxes on time avoids penalties and interest. However, if you cannot pay your taxes in Read us online at 59

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