Get Your Refund! Tax Season Tips & Reminders
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Everyone should file taxes no matter your income level this tax season. Even if you have a low annual income, you may still be eligible to receive a refund from the government because of the increased Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and pandemic stimulus payments.
Useful tips and reminders about filing taxes:
- Tax Day this year is on April 18th. This is the final day to submit tax returns or file an extension. File your taxes sooner rather than later.
- The IRS recommends that everyone file their taxes electronically. This leads to quicker processing and refunds. It is also recommended to receive refunds through direct deposit. This avoids any long delays.
- Before preparing your tax return, collect all the documents you will need. This includes W-2s, Form 1099s, and other income-related statements. You should have received these documents electronically or in the mail. W-2s are provided by your employer. If you have not received a W-2, contact your employer. Having these documents ready when you start filing your taxes will make the process smoother and quicker.
- Another important tip we want to share with you this tax season is how to protect yourself from tax scams. During this time, you may receive calls, emails, or texts from people pretending to be the IRS. This is a scam. The IRS will not call, email, or text you. If they need to get in touch with you, they will do so by U.S. mail.
How to File Taxes
The best way to file taxes is through a tax preparation software program or through working with a trusted tax professional. If you decide to work with a professional, avoid any tax preparers who promise you a bigger refund. Always make sure they are well qualified. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program offers in-person and virtual, free of charge, tax assistance to anyone. More information on this resource can be found HERE.
For those who earned less than $73,000 in 2021, there are free tax preparation programs available. These free programs include clear instructions and step-by-step help for filers. One example can be found HERE. The IRS Free File program also provides different program options that will best suit your individual needs.
Find a free program that will work best for you HERE.
These programs ask you a series of questions to make sure that you are getting all the money that you are eligible for, no matter your income. They guide you through how to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps low-income workers and families get a tax break. They also make sure you receive all the stimulus payments that you are due.
Even if you make little to no money, you can still file for the Child Tax Credit. This credit will give you money every month for the things you and your family may need. More information on this can be found HERE.
Tax Filing for Native Americans
Senate Bill 855 is specific to Native Americans. This bill says that “tribal members living in California Indian country who earn income from any federally recognized California Indian country are exempt from California taxation.”
Learn more about Senate Bill 855 HERE.
Filing taxes may seem overwhelming, but there are many resources available to help. No matter what your income level is, everyone should still file taxes because you may be eligible to receive money from the government. Do not leave any money unclaimed that could help you and your family.
For more information about Chapa-De, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.
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