10 Ways to Help Make Tax Season a Little Easier

10 Ways You Can Help Make Tax Season a Little Easier


Tax season can be a daunting time for many, but with the right preparation and strategies, it can become much more manageable and less stressful. Remember that it is important to do your own research and consult with professionals before making informed tax decisions. Here are a few comprehensive steps and tips to potentially make your next tax season a bit easier and less chaotic:

1. Get Organized: 

Start by gathering all your tax-related documents in one place. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Every time you purchase something, file your receipt so that you’re not left with a massive mountain of receipts come tax filing season! This includes receipts, forms, checks, and statements relevant to your taxes. Organization is king!

2. Go Digital: 

Utilize digital tools and apps to keep track of expenses and categorize them throughout the year. Consider doing this monthly so that you stay on top of your taxes. Apps like Keeper Tax and Everlance can be very useful for tracking spending and mileage, respectively, making it easier when it’s time to file your taxes​​.

3. Adjust Your Withholdings: 

Use tools like the IRS Tax Withholdings Estimator to see if you need to adjust the amount withheld from your paycheck. This can help avoid owing a large sum or getting a smaller refund than expected. For freelancers, paying taxes quarterly can help manage the tax burden more evenly throughout the year​​.

4. Keep Track of Expenses for Deductions: 

Start documenting any business expenses you plan to deduct as soon as possible. This proactive approach can save time and potentially increase your refund when it’s time to file​​.

5. Pay Attention to Tax Law Changes: 

Stay informed about changes in tax laws that could affect your filing, such as adjustments to the child tax credit or the taxation of unemployment income. Being aware of these changes can help you prepare and avoid any unwanted surprises​​.

6. Ensure Accurate Tax Withholdings: 

Review and possibly update your W-4 form to ensure the correct amount is being withheld from your paycheck, especially if you had significant life changes or were caught by surprise by your tax situation last year​​.

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7. Contribute to Retirement: 

Consider using part of your refund to contribute to retirement accounts like a Roth IRA or traditional IRA. This not only helps secure your future but may also affect your taxes​​. Roth IRAs can also be used to invest passively in alternative investments like Mobile Home Parks, whereas traditional IRAs typically don’t allow for that.

8. Minimize Trading in Taxable Accounts: 

To avoid the hassle of reporting trades and calculating capital gains or losses, consider keeping trading activities within tax-advantaged accounts like Roth IRAs​​.

9. Be Honest with the IRS…and Yourself: 

Ensure all your self-employment records are detailed and honest. Accurately reporting business use of your home office and other expenses can prevent issues if audited​​. Honesty is the best policy and it will help you sleep better at night knowing that you are compliant.

10. Consider Engaging a Tax Professional: 

For those seeking peace of mind and potentially maximizing deductions, hiring a tax professional can be a wise decision. Tax experts bring a depth of knowledge about tax laws and can provide personalized advice tailored to your financial situation, ensuring you comply with tax regulations while potentially optimizing your return.

Conclusion to Tax Season Made Easier

By taking these steps now, you can potentially mitigate the stress and complexity of tax season, likely improving your financial situation, and even maximizing your returns. Starting early, staying on top of your finances, and keeping informed are key to navigating tax season with confidence and ease. Hiring a professional could be the best route to go in order to ensure that you remain compliant and help reduce the stress. With tax season upon us, this could be your reminder to get your ducks in a row and help you get prepared for the tax man’s call!

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The information provided is for informational purposes only and should not be considered investment advice, nor a guarantee of any kind. There are no guarantees of profitability, and all investment decisions should be made based on individual research and consultation with registered financial and legal professionals. We are not registered financial or legal professionals and do not provide personalized investment recommendations.

Tristan manages Investor Relations at Keel Team Real Estate Investment. Keel Team actively syndicates mobile home park investments, with a focus on buying value add, mom & pop owned trailer parks and making them shine again. Tristan is passionate about the mobile home park asset class; with a focus on affordable housing and sustainability.