Tax season. While it can be a hectic time of year, it is an unavoidable civic duty that we must prepare ourselves for each year. Post-pandemic, there have been an influx of regulations that are unfamiliar to some, making this process extra tedious. However, the key to having a low-stress season is knowing where you stand financially and getting your house in order, both literally and metaphorically.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to get ahead of the curve when filing this tax season. 

Start As Early As Possible

Waiting until the last minute to file your tax returns only causes more discomfort. Try to set up time to speak to your trusted CPA or accounted as early as you can. If you file on your own or online, get in-front of the urge to procrastinate and schedule time to bust out the filing. 

Plan Ahead As Needed

Because tax season happens at the same time every year, there is no need to be caught by surprise. Set yourself up for success by vetting out the resources you will need to get this process done as smoothly as possible. You don't want to be a last minute filer so be sure to plan ahead. For example, extensions for tax returns are granted on an as-needed basis and not everyone is automatically eligible for one. If you think you need one, request one as soon as possible. 

Stay Organized

This time of year can be overwhelmingly tedious for many as understanding how to properly file taxes can be very confusing. Make sure that you are aware of the proper return you need to file and the necessary documents you need to accompany it. If you are an entrepreneur, ensure that you have documents you can write off at your disposal as well. If you donated to charity this year, pull out receipts that verify your tax deductible contributions. The more you organizze, the better this period will be.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions 

Asking questions during tax season is one of the best things you can do for yourself during this time. Seek professional advice from local tax agents who are best qualified to assist you. Doing your research and learning as much as you can about your personal taxes is one of the most efficient ways to advocate for your finances and eliminate additional confusion this year. You don't know what you don't know so there is no harm in asking for guidance. Trust us, your future self will thank you for it.