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A Guide for the Last-Minute Tax Filing: Tips from a Seasoned Business Owner

Updated: May 17


A Guide for the Last-Minute Tax Filing: Tips from a Seasoned Business Owner

Hello, my fellow small business owners. As someone who has journeyed through many tax seasons, we understand how quickly time can pass and suddenly, it’s time to file your taxes again. If you, like others, find yourself preparing last-minute, we want to share some simple advice to help you through this time. Let’s approach this together, step by step.

1. Gather Your Financial Papers

Firstly, let’s start with collecting all the necessary documents. Look for anything related to your income and expenses: this includes forms like W-2s or 1099s, as well as any receipts and bank statements. Don’t worry about sorting them just yet; the important thing is to have them all in one place.

2. Organize Your Documents

Once you have all your documents, take a moment to organize them. Separate them into categories: income, expenses, and anything you think might be deductible. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Think of it as organizing a family photo album, where each section tells a different part of your story.

3. Use Simple Tax Software

Now, for filling out your taxes, there are many simple tax software options available that are very user-friendly. They guide you step by step, asking for information that you can find on the documents you’ve just organized. This software does the calculations for you, which can be a great relief. We can help you choose a solution:

4. Don’t Hesitate to Seek Help

If at any point you feel overwhelmed, remember it’s okay to ask for help. There might be a local tax advisor or even a community program where you can get advice. Sometimes, just a short conversation can clarify many doubts. Contact us or another trusted professional.

5. Consider Filing for an Extension If Needed

If the deadline is too close and you’re not ready, you can apply for an extension. This gives you more time to file your taxes without the stress of rushing. Please remember, if you think you owe taxes, it’s a good idea to estimate and pay what you can to avoid any penalties later. We can help you navigate this:

6. Take a Deep Breath

Lastly, remember to take a moment for yourself. Tax filing can be stressful, but it’s important to stay calm. You’ve handled challenges before, and you can handle this one too.

7. Please use this IRS resource (VITA) if you need help with filing.

Our dear friends, I hope this guide offers you some comfort and assistance as you prepare your taxes at the last minute. Remember, we’ve all been there, and it’s never as daunting as it seems at first. Take it step by step, and soon, you’ll have everything in order for another year. Wishing you all the best this tax season.


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