There are just a few days left to file taxes in 2012 and millions of Americans are starting to scramble which is leading to high stress levels. Fortunately, most state governments have worked very hard to provide great resources to individuals looking to file via the US Mail or online. Most in Virginia will need to file an individual income tax return 760 form but other forms are also available on tax.virginia.gov. For all forms that are needed to file Federal income taxes bookmark the following page: Federal IRS Tax Forms.
The most commonly used printable forms used by Virginia residents are as follows:
To find all the printable forms offered for free on Va.gov check out this link.
State Tax Forms Filed Online in 2012
Each and every year more Americans look to file both state and federal tax forms online. In decades past taxpayers would wait for a tax booklet to come in the mail and then complete the proper forms and subsequently mail them back to the IRS or state government. This is becoming more rare. In fact, the Federal Government is no longer mailing out tax booklets. This does not mean that taxpayers cannot get these booklets but they will have to request one or go out and get one. Many state governments have followed suit as they hope residents will file online rather than through the mail.
When filing through the mail there are many bad things that could happen. Taxpayers could end up mailing the forms to the wrong government office, the documents could get lost or damaged in the mail or the government workers may not be able to read the hand written documents. As penmanship continues to decline many individuals that are part of the younger generation find it much easier to type than write. In fact, some college students and high school students write very little these days.
Here are some great resources that should help Virginia taxpayers find out more information about filing taxes online:
- eFile VA State Taxes
- eFile with Fillable Forms
- eFile Frequently Asked Questions
- Approved eFile Software for State and Federal Taxes
Some of the names that will help you eFile in 2012 include 1040Now, 1040.com, ATX, CompleteTax, Crosslink, Drake, eSmartTax, ElectroFile, EZTaxReturn.com, FileYourTaxes.com, FreeTaxUSA, H&R Block, Turbo Tax and Jackson Hewitt. Remember that there are quite a few options so do not feel as if one tax preparation company is the way to go. In fact, I would recommend looking at several different websites to see what will work best for you. Taxpayers must understand that all of these free file tax websites will push products but you do not have to accept them. If you are comfortable filing on your own then there is no reason to subscribe to some of these premium services. It might also be a good idea to read the fine print before starting a tax form with any online website.
Tax Calculators and Other Helpful Tax Resources from Virginia.gov
Virginia.gov is a very extensive website that has some amazing resources. In fact, it might be the only website you need to get all the necessary information to file taxes in April of 2012. Here are some of the better links that I was able to find deep within the Virginia State Tax website:
- Age Deduction Tax Calculator
- Spouse Tax Adjustment Calculator
- Individual Income Tax Calculator
- Where’s My Refund Online Lookup
- What Form Should You File?
- First Time Filers Information
- How Do You Request a Copy of Your Return
- Contact the Virginia Department of Taxation
Some will want to contact their local tax help office in Virginia; here are the locations:
- Bailey’s Crossroads
For a link to all the contact information, phone numbers, services provided and email addresses make sure to go here: IRS.gov Virginia Local Offices Directory. Even though taxes are not due until April 17th, 2012 it is important to remember that not all of these offices will be open and working until the last day. Some of the volunteer tax help locations will be closing on April 10th or 11th which is just another good reason to get started early. Waiting until the last minute to file either State or Federal government taxes can be very stressful. Rather than letting that stress build make sure to get started ASAP.