How To File Taxes for the First Time

If you’re filing your taxes for the first time, you’re most likely a college student, have your first job and probably not overly excited about it.

In fact, your parents might have been nagging you since January to file by April 15th. But let’s be honest, you don’t exactly know where to start.

All that aside, RapidTax understands and we’re here to help you through the process. If you need help filing taxes for the first time, here’s what to do.

Before Filing:

  • Get Organized: Gather your W-2s, 1099s, 1098-E (this shows the interest you paid on student loans), 1098-T (tuition payments and qualified expenses), etc.
  • Know Your Filing Status: There are many filing statuses; Single, Head of Household, Married Filing Jointly, or Married Filing Separately. Most likely, if your filing status may just be Single.
  • The Standard Deduction vs Itemizing: Everyone who files has the option to take one of two tax deductions; itemized deductions or the standard deduction. Itemizing deductions means you will list all your eligible deductions, and the combined total is deducted from your taxable income. Most are only eligible for the standard deduction. This amount depends on your filing status. Continue reading “How To File Taxes for the First Time”

Can I File My Taxes On a Phone or Tablet?

Let’s face it, we no longer run home to use our desktop computer. Instead, we have everything in the palms of our hands.

30 years ago, just about everyone drove to a tax filer to file their taxes. The annual routine became nothing but a memory when taxpayers realized they didn’t have to leave home to file their taxes and could do everything online. The age of e-commerce has allowed businesses to grow in the cyber world while transforming the tax filing process.

Can the 56% of Americans with a smartphone use it to file taxes?

Today, 80% of Americans age 18-34 have a smartphone, while 56% of all Americans have one. With phones and tablets basically being an extension to our bodies, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we not only want to talk, text, tweet and read a book on one device, we also want to file our taxes from our phones. The big question is, can you really file your taxes from the palm of your hand? With RapidTax, you can.

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