Heads up: The deadline to file your taxes is April 15 -- that’s two weeks from today. Some estimates say as many as 20 to 25 percent of Americans wait until the last two weeks to file. If that’s you, we have some resources to help you make sure you pay Uncle Sam (or get your refund) on time:
1. Stop procrastinating: You have to do your taxes eventually. Find a buddy or promise yourself a reward to make the task easier. More tips, via Savvy Sugar.
2. Document checklist: You’ll need to round up last year’s return, W-2 forms, mortgage interest statements, investment documents and other forms. A complete checklist, via WiseBread.
3. Get missing documents: If you didn’t get forms you needed from your employer, you can call the IRS for help. More details, via FiveCentNickel.
4. Choose the right software: If you’re doing your own taxes with the help of a software program, figure out whether you’ll need the basic or deluxe version and make sure your computer can handle the program you want to buy. More tips, via Being Frugal.
5. Lower your tax bill: It’s not too late to reduce your taxable income. IRA contributions made until April 15 still count. More ways to lower your bill, via Moolanomy.
6. Get help: If you need help with your taxes, organizations like the AARP and even the IRS offer assistance, and it can be free. The details, via the AP.
7. Request an extension: Really don’t think you can meet the April 15 deadline? Here are the steps to getting an extension, via FiveCentNickel.