Taxes are something every United States citizen must do once a year. And this year the tax deadline is today or April 18, 2011. This can be a stressful time for many, but it does not need to be. If you followed the ten steps I have listed below your tax season should go with easy.

  1. Choose your tax preparer with care.
  2. Report all your income.
  3. Provide complete information.
  4. Avoid taking deductions that are audit red flags.
  5. Don’t file certain forms or schedules.
  6. Pay attention to details.
  7. Mind your personal entries.
  8. Change your business status.
  9. Watch your state tax return.
  10. Plan for an audit, just in case.

Now these are all great things to follow and we should all remember them. But if today is the deadline you might try using TurboTax and e-filling. They have been around for a while and will enable you to complete all this accurately and process your taxes on time. Don’t feel the pressure and get rid of the stress by filling correctly and on time. It should only take a few minutes to answer the questions and enter in the information. Good luck and remember to start earlier next year.