PHOENIX -- It's officially crunch time. Tax Day is here, and Shauna Wekherlien, aka the Tax Goddess, has six important tips for last-minute filters.
1. Always e-file your returns and send any money or paper-filed returns using certified return receipt. The IRS and the Post Office have lost many items, so it's good to have proof you sent them in.
2. Remember to make your IRA contributions and Arizona private-school tuition-credit donations before 4/15/14 to have them count towards your 2013 return.
3. Direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund. If you don't hear about your refund in 6-8 weeks you can contact the IRS via phone or online at http://www.irs.gov/Refunds.
4. If you just aren't ready yet, you can always file an extension. Form 4868 will cover both the feds and the state here in Arizona. Remember that it only gives you an extension of time to file, not extension of time to pay if you owe money.
5. Make sure that you double check important information before you file. One of the biggest mistakes people make is the wrong Social Security numbers for themselves or their children and it causes refund delays and audit flags.
6. Add up your medical receipts and costs. You may not have enough to surpass the 10 percent federal level requirements, but the state of Arizona doesn't have those at all, so if you itemize for each dollar you spend on medical costs you will get a deduction at your income tax bracket against your state of Arizona return.
Tax Goddess Express
5743 E. Thomas Road, . Ste 6
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The parking lot of Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 56th and Van Buren streets is a drive-through site for people to drop off their taxes started at 5 p.m. It will be open until 9:30 p.m. While stamps will be available for purchase, there are no certified or registered mail services at the drop-off site.
If you need those services, the Post Office at 4949 E. Van Buren St. will be open until 9:30 p.m.