Here are several tips to prepare your income tax return: (1) prepare the proper paperwork to report all income and claim every credit or deduction; (2) check your numbers; (3) take the time you need. File an extension to obtain a few extra months to fully prepare your tax return. But remember, this is an extension of time to file, not an extension of time to pay. If you are self-employed, have especially sophisticated investments, recently moved overseas or gathering the right paperwork is taking longer than expected, consider this a smart strategy to avoid incomplete or erroneous tax returns, which might fetch unexpected fees thanks to haste. For more information, visit the Military OneSource website.
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