ODESSA, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Holiday seasons are over, and we’re all headed into one of the most dreaded times of the year for many- tax season. Katherine Kirk, CPA of Johnson & Miller Co. says many should keep in mind what to look for when filing taxes.
“I you’re looking for someone to help you with your taxes, you need to look for two types of agents,” she says. “The IRS is usually with one or two groups: CPA’s or EA’s, which is an enrolled agent.”
Kirk says both agents require to have serious training, and when you get your taxes done, Kirk says to make sure they give it their stamp of approval.
“If you’re paying someone to do your tax return when you get it, you should see their information down at the bottom,” she says. ” Where it’s got their name their P10, which is their identifying number to the IRS, there are actually penalties if a preparer messes up on a return bad enough where they can charge us a penalty for messing it up.”
Katherine says if the tax return section is blank, that could raise a big red flag, and you’ll have issues getting your tax return.
“If you’ve never done a tax return before first is the due date, it’s due by April 15th,” she says. “If you need more time, you can extend it to October 15th, but you have to file a report to request that.”
Katherine says your W2’s and 1099’s should be mailed to you by the end of January, but remember to wait and see if you have all of the forms you need before filing.
“If you think you need help filing your tax return this year, contact a professional sooner than later,” she says.
The IRS says you can begin filling your taxes Jan. 27th, and for those who will be filing electronically, Kirk says to use the IRS website as a credible source to file your taxes online.
Click IRS link below: