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TAS Tax Tip: 2021 Tax return filing is as easy as 1-2-3

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Image- Avoid processing & refund delays: Verify personal info, e-file, direct deposit.

This year our best advice for faster tax return processing without encountering delays is as easy as our tips below.

#1 – Verify your information is accurate. Check the accuracy of everything you enter on that tax return, not just once but two or three times before you hit that submit button (or mail it if doing a paper tax return, which we do not recommend.) See our prior Tax Tip article,  that provides even more details on what key items entered on most tax returns to verify.

#2 – e-File your tax return. File your tax return electronically. There are lots of options that allow you to be able to file this way. Some are even free. If you’ve been hesitant until now to make that leap from filing a paper return, now is the time to make that move. See our Options for Filing a Tax Return Get Help page or IRS’s Electronic Filing Options for Individuals page for information you can use to switch over to e-filing.

#3 – Request Direct Deposit. Get your refund faster by telling IRS to direct deposit it into a bank account. You can even have them use Direct deposit to directly deposit your money in up to three different accounts if you want. Using this option ends mailing delays, eliminates sending checks to an incorrect address and saves everyone, you and the government, time and money!

Don’t have a bank account? Visit the FDIC website or the National Credit Union Administration using their Credit Union Locator Tool for information on where to find a bank or credit union that can open an account online and how to choose the right account for you.

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