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For one, know your tax deadlines. As a taxpayer it is your duty to not only pay taxes but to also know the responsibilities that you have. If you haven’t filed before, filing electronically is greatly recommended as not only is it easier, but the systems used can often flag mistakes that would have otherwise been sent through. As with most things, it’s important to see a professional tax consultant. They know best and will not only help you file properly, but ensure that you receive that correct back taxes and that you’re not at risk for delinquency.
A few general rules of thumb:
1. Open all mailed documents from the IRS. If you’re receiving something via mail from the IRS, chances are it is highly important. Even if it’s just information detailing due dates and the correct way to file, it’s important to be as knowledgeable as possible about the tax filing process.
2. Keep track of everything. Whenever you file your taxes, always make records of what you’re filing. If you’re going to send it in via mail, pay for certified mailing so that you can prove it was sent on a certain date.
3. Notify the IRS of any address or contact changes. You don’t want important IRS information being sent to an address that you’re no longer at. Even something minor sent to an incorrect address can become a nightmare to deal with as it goes on to accrue penalties and interest simply because your address has not been updated in the system.