Tips for Tax Procrastinators: Get help from the pros


The worst part about doing your taxes (other than paying the government) is feeling like you don't know what you're doing. It's no secret that the United States Tax Code is incredibly complex, so it's no wonder that the average consumer can't do their taxes on their own.

If you have a pretty basic tax return and you want to tackle it on your own, get a book to help you. One choice is Taxes For Dummies which gives a lot of information in an understandable book. It's easy to find what you need in this book, so it will definitely give you a hand with your taxes.

If your tax situation is not so basic, you probably need help from a tax professional. Don't be afraid to ask friends or family members, but remember that your best option is probably to see a qualified tax preparer. That person can make sure that you get all the deductions you're entitled to, and will help you file the correct forms and schedules. Don't take chances with your tax situation. When it doubt, get help from someone qualified.

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Tracy L. Coenen, CPA, MBA, CFE performs fraud examinations and financial investigations for her company Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting, and is the author of Essentials of Corporate Fraud.