We are now less than one week away from the tax deadline. Those who have yet to file will be scrambling to make certain that they have all the necessary forms by this weekend. For individuals living in the state of Alabama it will likely be the case that they are looking for the Alabama printable individual income tax return form 40 PDF file. For all forms that are needed to file Federal income taxes bookmark the following page: Federal IRS Tax Forms.
Here are some of the most commonly used forms by Alabama citizens:
Note that these are not all tax forms that are available but this list should get you started. For all the tax forms make sure to access this link.
Filing Online for Free in Alabama 2012
In 2012, more and more American residents are resorting to online resources to file both state and Federal income taxes. Rather than printing out documents and sending them via US Mail it might be wise to consider the online tax file process. The state of Alabama offers many free resources to help those that may have some questions. Here are some of the better resources that I have found over the past several week:
- Alabama Electronic Filing for Free
- eFile Instructions
- First Time Filer Instructions
- eFile Withholding Tax Returns
- ePay Instructions
- ePay Frequently Asked Questions
- What Forms Can be Filed Online?
These are all great resources that should help you much better understand all the options available. Remember that the IRS.gov website also offers an eFile option for free. Make a mental note that most states and the Federal Government require you to make under a certain amount of money to file online for free. If your adjusted gross income (AGI) is under $57,000 then you should be able to file online for free when it comes to federal taxes and most state taxes. I would suggest doing a little bit of extra research on this before starting your tax forms in April 2012.
CPAs and Recent College Graduate Accountants
If you are looking for help with any tax forms then it will likely be the case that you turn to a CPA. If a certified professional accountant is what you need then it might be a good choice to search locally. Google continues to expand their local search through Maps.Google.com so you should have no problems finding a local accountant. If you are looking to save a little bit of cash with your tax filing through an accountant then you may want to consider looking at some of the colleges and universities. Recent accounting graduates probably do not have a huge client list yet so you might be able to find some great prices.
If you are willing to work with a student then you could save a ton of money. Some juniors and seniors may be willing to work for free just to gain the experience. Remember that most of these students will not be CPAs so you may want their professors to look over your taxes before mailing them or hitting the submit button. It might be a little bit late to do this as most accountants and professors are very busy this time of year. This might be something to consider in the years to come.
Here are some of the colleges and universities in the state of Alabama that offer an accounting degree:
- Alabama A&M University
- Auburn University
- Birmingham-Southern College
- Jacksonville State University
- Samford University
- Troy State University
- University of Alabama
- University of Alabama – Birmingham
- University of Alabama – Huntsville
- University of North Alabama
- University of South Alabama
This is not the full list of colleges and universities that offer accounting degrees but it should help you start your search for newly certified accountants. Remember that many local community colleges also offer courses in accounting so you may want to check those locations as well. Taking the time and effort to find a young and energetic accountant might prove to be greatly beneficial over the course of your lifetime. It could end up saving countless hours and thousands of dollars. Always make sure to do plenty of research before deciding on a candidate.