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Only seven more days to file your taxes. Are you ready?

Here are some online resources to help kickstart the process and avoid trouble with the IRS.

MSN Money has some fantastic guidelines for filing your taxes and finding those deductions you may not have known about. You’ll also find information on upcoming changes to the tax code as well as ways to reduce your tax liabilities; a little late for this year but keep them in mind as you prepare for your taxes next year.

Yahoo Finance is a great place to go for tax advice and has some detailed “how-to” guides that cover everything from withholding income to the finding a professional tax preparer that’s right for you. You’ll also find some neat and useful tax calculators.

Believe it or not, the AARP is a great place to turn to when it comes to taxes. Regardless of your age you can use the website to find a local IRS trained volunteer to provide one-on-one counseling and tax preparation assistance, free of charge. You don’t even need to be a member of the AARP to use this service.

1040.com is a very simple site where you can find any Federal and State tax form, all available for download as a PDF.

I’ve used FreeTaxUSA.com to prepare and file my taxes for the last few years. The website is easy to use and there is no software to download. You can probably have your tax forms prepared and filed in under 30 minutes. Their customer service is excellent too. It’s free to file your federal taxes in most states using this site and state taxes can be filed for as little as $9.95.

Finally, the official IRS website is incredibly useful, and unlike most government websites, it’s fairly easy to navigate. Right on the homepage you’ll find links to the most popular forms and a drop down menu that will help you find information on the most basic tax issues. You won’t find much in the way of tax advice on the site (other than to pay them, not evade them) but there are a wide range of tax related topics covered here that most people will find informative.

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Written by Zenpenny

April 10, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Posted in taxes

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