The April 15th tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. The IRS has many resources to help you file your federal tax returns. Its Forms and Publications page lets you download printable version of tax forms. You can also file your taxes online. If you're completing your federal taxes on your own, check out Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals, an IRS publication that helps you decide what deductions may be available for you.
The Utah State Tax Commission also features a printable forms and tax guides page and a new e-filing program called Taxpayer Access Point (TAP). The Tax Commission has developed online tutorials on how to use the new program.
If you're interested in finding free help to fill out your taxes, there are many options. If you make $42,000 per year or less, you can go to a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic. If you are over 60, find an AARP Tax-Aide site near you (AARP membership is not required). Military members and their families can obtain tax assistance on base--check with your local Armed Forces Legal Assistance office.
If you are hiring someone to help you prepare your taxes, be sure to read the IRS's Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer to help you avoid scams.