Zebra Pen suggests using pens and highlighters to work more efficiently during the Tax Time Crunch. Benjamin Franklin once said:
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain in life except death and taxes."
With April 15th just a few weeks away, its crunch time for consumers who have yet to file their tax returns. According to the Internal Revenue Service, 20% - 25% of all Americans wait until two weeks before the deadline, adding anxiety to what is already an intimidating task. Always looking to help, we at Zebra Pen have compiled a list to make things easier for those who procrastinate.
Here are Zebra Pen’s Top 10 Tips to Get Organized for Tax Time:
- Mark tax related milestone goals for yourself on your calendar to ensure that you will hit the April 15th deadline. Don’t let time pass you by.
- If you are completing your tax form the old fashion way, by filling in the form manually, it must be done in black ink. Use a comfortable and reliable pen such as the F-301.
- Keep a copy of last year’s tax return handy to help you manage your records.
- Create a checklist! This will not only provide a sense of structure, but it will give you a sense of accomplishment as you mark each task as done!
- Take note life’s milestones. Having a child, getting married or going back to school in the last year are just a few of the life changes that could affect how you file.
- Itemize your deductions, and to help you keep track of them, use pens in different colors, like SARASA pens, to help you stay organized.
- Be sure to annotate your expense receipts. Take a pen and make a note of the expense purpose right on the receipt, so there are no questions later. This is especially helpful for business expenses like dining and entertainment.
- Double check everything. Highlight important tax information, so that you can double check for errors. Oversights can result in refund delays or being audited.
- Lastly, if you’re feeling rushed, file for an extension. It’s a better option than filing a form full of mistakes and oversights.
- Still need help? Check out this handy infographic guide below:
- Infographic Source: H&R Block and oBizMedia