5 Reasons to File Your Taxes Early

5 Reasons to File Your Taxes Early

When it comes to paying your taxes, many people find themselves scrambling in April trying to get their act together. While you may think it would be an annual routine for many, about 20% of people wait until the last week to pay their taxes. Are you in that 20%? Whether you are or are not, understanding the benefits of filing taxes earlier than later is very important and will help taxpayers in the long run.

1. The faster you file, the faster you receive your tax refund.

The most obvious reason to file your taxes early is to receive your tax refund as soon as you can. Last year the IRS made it possible to have your tax refund direct deposited into your account, which will allow you to receive your tax refund even faster rather than waiting weeks for a paper return.

2. Filing your taxes early helps prevent tax fraud.

Tax fraud is a major issue that many people end up having to deal with. While tax fraud is more common than you think, there are ways to prevent it. One of these ways is to file your taxes as early as possible. By filing taxes early, it will be more difficult for criminals to pull off. This is because if the IRS receives a duplicate return after you have already filed yours, it will be noted as fraudulent. If you have not filed yours yet, you could be in trouble.

3. If you end up owing taxes, you’ll have extra time.

If you discover that you owe a balance to the IRS, filing taxes early will allow you extra time to sort everything out. If you file as soon as you can in January, then you will have until mid-April to come up with the extra money that you owe. The extra time makes it much less stressful for you and your financial situation.

4. Filing early ensures you won’t need a tax extension.

If you wait until the last minute to file your taxes, you may find yourself scrambling in search of receipts, personal information, etc. Thus, leading to the need for a tax extension. This turns into a serious issue when you owe a balance to the IRS and do not pay what you owe. The IRS will charge you interest and penalties until the full amount is paid off. Filing your taxes early will help you avoid all of these potential issues.

5. Save yourself the stress of waiting until the last minute.

Waiting until the last minute to file taxes will do nothing but add additional stress to your life. You will feel the pressure to find your needed information and file as fast as you possibly can, which can lead to errors and other problems down the road. Tax season is stressful enough, there is no need to add even more stress by waiting until the last minute.

If you are in need of additional tax information or need assistance in filing your taxes, contact David Mills CPA LLC today. We provide expert accounting and financial services to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as individuals across Morton, Peoria, & the rest of Central Illinois. We look forward to answering any questions you may have!

Get Your Books in Order

Get Your Books in Order

Get Your Books in OrderNo matter the type or size of your business, the tax man will come knocking on your door when tax season comes among us. It is always best to have your books in order and up to date when that time comes. We are aware this may seem like a hassle to keep up with yourself, but by following our tips below you will be on your way to better, more organized accounts this year and a more successful business.

1. Stay Organized

Becoming and remaining organized is incredibly important when it comes to keeping your finances in order. The good news is, this doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Keeping up with basic spreadsheets showing all of your funds received and funds paid out is a simple way to track your finances. At the end of every month, check to make sure your records all align with the money in your bank account to ensure balanced accounts.

2. Hire an Accountant

We understand that handling your financials is not the easiest task to take on by yourself, which is why we always recommend hiring a professional accountant in your area to take care of the dirty work for you. Through hiring a professional, you can rest assured knowing your accounts are in good hands and you are up to date with all rules, laws, and aren’t missing out on any tax allowances. Through hiring an accountant, you can put all of your attention on growing your business.

3. Separate Personal & Business Finances

There are many benefits when it comes to separating your personal and business finances. Not only will it make your business look more professional, but it will make it much easier to separate personal and business expenses when tax time comes. Depending on how your business is set up, it may be required by law to have separate accounts. Ask a local accountant in your area if you are curious if this is required for your business or not.

Clock - Don't wait to get books in order4. Don’t Procrastinate

Waiting until the last minute to get your finances in order is never a good idea. Procrastinating this task usually leads to additional issues down the road and by then, it is too late to have sorted out. Staying on top of your receipts and invoices will make it easier for you and your accountant to get your accounts sorted out in a timely manner. And not to mention, will help your overall business run more smoothly.

By following the four tips above, you should be on your way to better, more organized accounts. The more you keep track of and have up to date, the easier it will be when tax season comes along. If you are looking for additional help with your finances or have any questions about getting your books in order, contact a professional accountant in your area. David Mills CPA LLC provides expert accounting and financial services to both small and medium businesses, as well as to individuals across Peoria, Morton, and the rest of Central Illinois. If you are looking to get your books in order this year, feel free to contact us here.