In the early part of 2012 many will start to notice that tax commercials are on both the television and Internet. Some of these individuals will likely start their search for a IRS.gov Form 1040A printable PDF file well before April 17th, which is when tax are due. Luckily there are free online resources to help. For all forms that are needed to file Federal income taxes bookmark the following page: Federal IRS Tax Forms.
Many tax preparation software companies such as TaxAct, Turbo Tax, H&R Block and TaxSlayer offer many free resources online but the 100% free tax files are on the IRS.gov website. Other websites may offer free forms but they will also make suggestions during the tax filing process which will often cost money somewhere down the road. Here are the resources to help when it comes to a 1040A tax filing:
Taxes are due on April 17th, 2012 which will be the first Tuesday after April 15th. The 15th falls on a Sunday in 2012 and the 16th is a holiday so taxpayers will have a few extra days to file their taxes via the mail or online. There are many benefits to filing online but ultimately it is up to a specific taxpayer to pick a method that works best for them. When using any type of tax preparation software company make certain to read the fine print before making a file decision.
- Some of the more popular questions that can be answered on IRS.gov are:
- How Do I Access a 1040A Form Online?
- How Do I Access a 1040A Form on My Computer?
- How Do I eFile for Free with a 1040A Income Tax Form?
- How to eFile for Free in 2012 IRS.gov?
- How to File Taxes Online for Free 2012 IRS.gov?
- How to eFile 2011 Taxes Online for Free IRS.gov?
- How to Use Turbo Tax to eFile 1040A For Free?
Here are some helpful articles for those who may be having trouble finding the 1040A or looking for the easiest way to file online.
It may take a little bit of extra time and research to get all of these questions answered but taxpayers will be able to do it for free. If customers plan to use an accountant they can get all of these questions answered but it could end up costing $50 or $100 for the services that are provided. If individuals plan on using an accountant it would be smart to shop around and see who will answer the most questions at the cheapest rate.
When looking to get taxes done from a personal accountant you will want someone with a reputable degree. Here are some of the top Business and Accounting Schools ranked by US News
McCombs School of Business – University of Texas at Austin
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
College of Business – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Over the next few weeks millions will look to eFile taxes through the government website. Rather than sitting down and trying to figure this all out independently it might be a good idea to use the FAQ website on IRS.gov. It might also be worth it to use some of the free tax preparation software company websites to simply get an idea of how to get started. Even though it might not be free in the long run it might be worth it to use these resources to make life a little bit easier in the early part of 2012.