Working with a reputable professional to file your taxes can save you a lot of time. It can also save you money. However, plenty of people worry that they’re going to end up paying more than they want for tax prep services. While the savings you’ll get from working with someone who understands all the nuances of the tax code will almost always exceed the fee you pay, we want to take things a step further and share some tips on how you can keep your tax prep bill to a minimum:
Avoid the Temptation to Procrastinate
Tax season is a very busy time of the year. Tax professionals have a lot of people coming to them for help. So if you go to your CPA with a huge pile of documents that aren’t organized, chances are you’re going to be charged a higher fee due to the extra amount of work that’s involved. You can prevent this from happening by committing to staying on top of all your tax documentation throughout the year instead of trying to rush and bring it all together as the filing deadline is ticking down.
Create a System for Documentation
The reason so many people do procrastinate with their taxes is they think dealing with all the documentation is a major hassle. Even though it can be a little complicated, it doesn’t have to be a huge burden. The key is creating a system for how you’re going to keep all your documentation. Whether that involves physical folders or scanning your documents into a piece of software like Evernote, picking a system that works for you and then sticking with it will make a huge difference.
Check in Throughout the Year
Once you decide on your system for managing your documentation and then start using it, you’ll want to review how everything is going every few months. If you realize that something isn’t working as well as you expected, don’t hesitate to tweak your approach right away.
Get Rid of Documents You Don’t Need
This is an example of what you can gain by checking in throughout the year. You may discover that some of the documents you kept aren’t actually important. If that is the case, don’t keep them in your system. Getting rid of clutter will make it much easier for everyone when tax filing season comes around.
Whether you want our expert help filing your tax return or want to get a jump on things by working with us on tax planning, we’re here to help! Simply give us a call at 513-528-3982 to arrange a free consultation.