Gallup Incorporated conducted a poll on the opinion of the American tax payer. The poll asked, “Do you regard the income tax which you will have to pay this year as fair?” 50% said, yes( fair), 47% said no(not fair) and 3% had no opinion. “If you make money then it benefits you to pay, because you’ll get a lot more of that money back as a refund,” said Oklahoma Tax Commission,Communications Division Director Paula Ross.
Either way, preparing taxes by one’s self can be grueling, so the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers what it calls IRS Free File. Inside of Free File there are a number of ways to file for free: Turbo Tax, H&R Block and Tax Slayer. Just remember to read the fine print to see what adjusted gross income applies. According to Ross, online filing software assists the prepper by correcting mistakes. “They’ll calculate the math, if you type something in that doesn’t make sense it’ll flag it and you’ll look and make sure you have the correct information in it.”
IRS.gov will assist with file preparation for free over the phone. In Oklahoma there are four offices that are available to help; however, an appointment must be made prior to asking for help.
Outside of the IRS there are many ways to file, in some cases there is the one person in the family or group that does everyone’s taxes, some go to a brick and mortar location and pay for accuracy while others are confused as to why others are so anxious to do taxes since they have never filed in their life. “When your income is not at a high level, they’ll let you file for free,” said Ross.
No matter which option, filing taxes can be easy and it is always vital.