Let's get organized
Even if your tax situation isn't complicated, there's still documentation the IRS demands. But filing taxes doesn't have to be an ordeal. And it can be less frustrating and less time-consuming if you have all the material at your fingertips.
By being prepared, you'll be ready to file your return at the earliest possible moment. The IRS usually starts accepting returns around mid-January. However, for the past few years, the tax-filing season has been delayed by Congress waiting until the last minute to pass legislation. That's likely to happen again, but you still can get ready to submit your forms as soon as the IRS will accept them. And the earlier you file, the sooner you'll get your refund.
The key to a successful tax form is proper reporting. The IRS wants to know how much money you made so it can tax it. You need to know what you can put on your Form 1040 that will help you trim your tax bill.
To help you organize your tax paperwork so that you and the IRS will be happy, let's look at seven ways to help you get organized.