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Filing Your Taxes Early Saves You A Headache

When it comes to the IRS, things can get a little complicated, so with tax season right around the corner, the first question up is, do I file as soon as possible, do I wait until the last minute or do I file somewhere in between?  We're here RDI and Tax Help Montana to find out the answer to that question and more.

"Well, the earlier you file, the earlier you're going to get your tax return back, if you are getting money back.  There are a couple benefits.  First of all, the first person who files a dependent is the one who gets to get the return for that dependent," said Karen Heisler of Tax Help Montana.

And if you think you're the only one looking to claim something of yours, or even file under your name, you could be wrong.  I've already heard multiple stories of folks filing their taxes only to be denied thousands of dollars in refunds due to a scammer filing under the victim's name, and the professionals confirm that it's a problem.

"There have been cases where somebody will come into us late and in April, they'll file their return with their dependent on it and they'll find out somebody else has already claimed their dependent.  So if you file early, then you lose that chance of having somebody else file your dependent or your social security number fraudulently or not accurately," said Heisler.

So you've decided to file ASAP, but you can't afford to dole out the cash to the big tax stores.  What other option do you have that don't clean out your pockets?

"Tax Help Montana is a free service.  We help people prepare and file their tax returns electronically, free of charge if you make under fifty two thousand dollars a year, so we're open all season long.  We're going to start around February 1stbecause this year the IRS isn't accepting E-File returns until January 31st, so we're going to start as soon as we can," said Heisler.

You can get more information about their services at TaxHelpMontana.Org.

We asked you on our Facebook page when you'll be filing.  Jacki and Ryan are getting it done as soon as they can.  Gaby is waiting until the last minute while Tracie will fall somewhere in between.

So while you decide when to file, I'm off to get my W-2 ready.

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