As we get closer to Tax Day, the more important it is to make sure you’re prepared to file everything correctly. It’s common to have questions around this time of year, so we’ve organized some additional notes on being ready for tax time.
Your Rio Grande Valley CPAs at Gonzalez and Arrambide want to ensure you feel ready when Tax Day finally comes.
Make a Decision on Filing Yourself or With a Tax Preparer
Depending on your financial situation, you will want to decide between filing your taxes on your own or with a professional. There are a few factors at play when you determine the best course of action:
- Do-It-Yourself Tax Filing – If you work a job that provides you with a W-2, don’t have any dependents, aren’t a homeowner, or your situation is overall uncomplicated, it is probably simpler and less expensive to file using a tax software.
- Get the Help of a Professional – Say you own a business and need to file personal and business tax returns or you’re married, working two to three jobs, with several dependents. It may be less of a headache to seek out a CPA for their skilled help.
Whatever your tax situation, the accountants in Weslaco at Gonzalez & Arrambide offer a FREE consultation. They can help you decide what’s best for you!
Check and Adjust Your W-4 Withholding
For people who work a straightforward W-2 career, every January your employer will request a completed W-4 form. This document will determine how much is withheld from your paycheck, based on:
- Overall Tax Situation
- Household Status
- Number of Dependents Claimed
- Other Adjustments Like Additional Deductions or Income
You can see yourself if you’re withholding too much or too little by comparing two fiscal years’ returns. If the financial situation was overall the same, a large refund could mean withholding too much. However, if you owe the IRS money, not enough money may have been withheld.
Decide if Filing an Extension Is Right for You
“What happens if unexpected problems arise this month?”
If you want to err on the side of caution, think about filing an extension, which, if approved, would give you until October 2022 to complete the tax filing process. Keep in mind that while filing the extension costs nothing, you could incur additional interest on what you owe.
Even if you’re fairly certain everything will go smoothly, an extension can never hurt as it allows for extra time to make sure everything is correct. To actually file the extension, you or your tax preparer will need to fill out IRS Form 4868.
Get the Best Tax Advice from the Rio Grande Valley CPAs at Gonzalez & Arrambide
Regardless of your financial situation, it can be helpful and reassuring to seek the support of tax professionals. That’s why the Weslaco certified public accountants at Gonzalez & Arrambide offer a FREE consultation. We want to make sure you’re both knowledgeable about and ready for tax season!