Let’s be real here: no one likes doing taxes. Most tax apps are pretty confusing. Actual paper tax forms are impossible to fill out. Even your accountant has a heck of a time trying to get your taxes in order, and that’s been their job for years.
Yet taxes are just one of those things you must file and pay. If you avoid them, you could go to jail or end up paying a massive penalty. You could file for an extension, but that just prolongs the inevitable. Thus, you must turn in your taxes, and soon.
What do you need to do your taxes?
The kind people at How To Adult recently released an overview of every form you could possibly need to complete your taxes. Whether you’re working one job or several freelance gigs, you’re going to want to take notes on which forms you need and why. Otherwise, you could end up angering the IRS and receiving a terrible, time-consuming audit!
Now that you have your necessary forms, here’s how to get your taxes done:
- Call your accountant. They’re going to be super pissed that you waited until the last minute, but doing your taxes is your accountant’s job. Send them the necessary forms and they’ll take care of the rest. (Until it’s time to make out a check, of course.)
- Use tax software. Our tax system is messed up because popular tax apps lobby to keep it that way. Until that changes, you could always get in bed with the enemy and use their products. TurboTax is the most popular of the tax apps, but search your App Store for other reputable tax preparing apps. If you don’t have an accountant, this might be the way to go.
- Do it yourself. If you know what you’re doing, download the necessary tax forms and fill them out yourself. Chances are you might miss a few things that an accountant won’t, but this is the cheapest (and most difficult) option.
Once you have your taxes squared away, you won’t have to worry about them for another ten or so months. Maybe you’ll even do them earlier next year!