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 Issue # 29 March 2006 
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  • What is SPAM
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  • The Tax Man Cometh
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  • The Tax Man Cometh
    by Jose Acosta
    March 2006
    "The taxman cometh, the taxman cometh!" We are now into March, less than 45 days away from tax-time! Are we going to have to pay? Ugh!! Or do we get money back? Whoopee!!

    I don't know about you, but I intensely dislike having to gather all my data, crunch those numbers, put it all together, and pray it all passes muster! But the IRS, yes, that dreaded agency that we report to, has provided a way we can do all this relatively easy. There are also tax software programs that help you by asking for the right numbers. They do the "crunching" for you, alerting you for verification if something doesn't look quite right, and in the end, joyfully telling you that you have money coming back, or somberly letting you know that you owe more.

    To get started, gather up your W-2's, gift/contribution receipts, interest/tax statements, and any other paperwork you think you will need. Then go to the IRS efile website, the "final authority on tax information".

    Here you will find initial information describing what you will need, as well as links to forms and publications, and a sundry of other items. This site also contains a link to show companies that will help you file for free if you qualify - a fairly easy process. These companies are required to pass stringent eligibility qualifications to assist individuals and they must comply with all federal rules and regulations on taxpayer privacy for paying and free customers. So your data is safe and privacy assured.

    If you do not have a tax software program, (and you are not required to have one), you can view and download the forms from the IRS site, enter your data, and save the documents to your computer. You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to view these .pdf documents and enter the data. The website where you choose the forms has a link to download and install this program as well.

    Google-ing on "filing taxes" brings up a number of links from other companies advertising their willingness to assist you with doing taxes. You will want to read their fine print regarding fees and other requirements. Remember though, that to qualify for free e-filing, you will want to choose the company of your choice through the IRS website listed above. If you go to the company's website directly, you will not be able to take advantage of the free-filing option if you qualify. There are companies that make their website look similar to the IRS website - so beware.

    Of course, you can always go to your local tax preparer, taking your boxful of paperwork and let them sort it all out. But why deny yourself the fun of doing your own numbers, especially when online internet help is just a few key-clicks away?
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