Let's be honest, filing your taxes is a complicated and time-consuming process. One of the reasons why is because of the lack of easily accessible and reliable information about current tax laws and procedures. Just knowing where to start can be a challenge.
FindLaw would like to help by providing an in-depth look at filing your federal taxes to decode the process. Below you'll find a guide to links containing detailed information on issues that typically arise during the federal tax filing process -- from claiming deductions to requesting extensions. For an overview to the entire federal tax filing process, see FindLaw's Step-by-Step Guide to Filing Your Federal Taxes.
Deductions and Tax Exemptions
Depending on who you are and what you do, you may be eligible for any number of tax deductions and exemptions to reduce your taxable income. At the end of the day, these could have a significant impact on your tax exposure. Starting with the standard deduction, the links below will help you determine how to shrink your income -- for tax purposes of course.
Common Tax Credits
Tax credits are also another way to reduce your tax exposure and possibly obtain a tax refund when the dust settles. Check out the links below to learn more.
Filing Taxes from Outside the U.S.
In this increasingly globalized world, it's not surprising to find yourself living abroad for business or personal reasons, or simply for pleasure. Those serving in the military also find themselves living in other countries at one time or another due to their service obligations. There are also those who have immigrated to, and worked in, the U.S. at one time or another who may have questions about filing taxes in the U.S. The resources below can help to answer many of these questions.
Extensions and Filing Late
There are many reasons why you might need a filing extension for your taxes. Perhaps you've been waiting on records from multiple employers or maybe you had a significant personal event that has consumed your focus. Whatever the reason, the links below will help you understand what is required to extend your tax deadline.
Next Steps: Get a Free Initial Evaluation of Your Tax Situation
As one of the only two sure things in life, paying taxes is something you get to look forward to each year. However, with all of the changing tax laws, it's often a convoluted process and the risk of getting it wrong can be costly. You should speak with an expert who understands current federal and state tax laws. Get in touch with an experienced tax attorney near you today for a free preliminary look at your tax situation.