As a CPA during tax season, I meet with lots of people. Many of them are regular clients who engage in year-round tax planning. For these people, tax season has few if any surprises. Others aren’t so well prepared. No one wants to pay more in taxes than they have to. Two of the best strategies for preventing that are tax planning and early filing.
The last quarter of any year is a busy one for anyone who wants to get a jump on tax planning and preparation. With holidays and shopping competing for your attention it’s easy to lose your focus on long-range financial planning. However, for those who can set aside time to review their finances, the advantages gained are many.
No question. Today’s tax laws are complicated. Many individuals are confused about which credits and deductions they can claim on the 2016 return. Even if you use professional tax preparation services, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the types of tax breaks for which you many be eligible.