Income Tax Return due soon and quick Filing Tips

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Income Tax Return due soon and quick Filing Tips


If you filed form 4868 for the automatic individual income tax form 1040 extension then your federal tax return for year 2011 is due on October 15, 2012. I always need to file an extension due to my Real Estate activities and I still have to mail our tax return. This fact indicated to me to write a reminder blog for all who might have had this due date slip their minds.

Here are few quick filing tips that apply no matter when you file your return.

1)    Sign and date your return. If you file a joint return both parties have to sign and date. The IRS will send a letter to you asking for an original signature and/or date.

2)    Make a copy of the whole return and make sure you have a copy of the signed and dated page.

3)    Attach all W-2 to page 1 of the return where the IRS tells you to attach these forms. Sometimes the IRS unfastened these W-2’s and then send you a letter asking for a copy.

4)    Make a copy of the W-2 copy which states it is for filing of your return. If IRS loses your W-2 this is the copy you will send to send to them as per my point number 3.

5)    Include a copy of the Form54868 extension and add it to the back of your filed copy.

6)    If you are getting a refund make sure your checking account information you provide (assuming you want direct deposit) is accurate.

7)    Send your return via certified mail with receipt. I make a copy of the mailing stamp to prove the return was mailed prior to the due date.

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Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

I haven't ever filed an extension before Robert.  This is great information for those who need to do this and right on time :)!

Oct 06, 2012 08:12 AM #1
Joshua Zargari
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Good evening Bob.

Thank you for sharing those tips with us.

Have a great week.

Oct 06, 2012 12:07 PM #2
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

OH YOU ARE THE BOMB! I am going to re-blog this tomorrow! THANK YOU so much!! (SUGGESTED)

Oct 06, 2012 02:16 PM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Thankfully we are all filed on time without extension and "looking forward" (not !) to the next quarterly deadline !

Oct 06, 2012 11:02 PM #4
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Bob.   Reading your post gave me a panic attack.   Not the words, just the thought!   :)   Great reminder and info!  

Oct 06, 2012 11:49 PM #5
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hello everyone,

Thanks for the comments and yes taxes can give anyone serious issues including CPA's like me..

Oct 07, 2012 03:52 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks, Bob, for the tips.  I have made a note to re-blog this.

Have an outstanding week.

Oct 07, 2012 04:19 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

There's that CPA side of you reminding us to make our tax deadlines. This doesn't apply in our household, but what a great reminder Bob. Also suggested - very, very timely.

Oct 07, 2012 04:20 AM #8
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thanks Debb for the suggestion. Taxes is not something anyone really wants to deal with but is as we all know is a necessary evil..

Oct 07, 2012 06:05 AM #9
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Accountant is finalizing my personal taxes and corporate taxes.  Sent him a few more updates today.  Yep down to the last minute...again.

Oct 08, 2012 09:23 AM #10
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Howdy there Bob my friend, both members and non-member folks sure can always visit your blog and find and read all kinds of mighty helpful info, which sure is for folks of all ages, which sure will help them in some way or another. This here sure is some outstanding info for folks and they sure will appreciate you for posting this. Folks if you are needing help with Real Estate, then do take the time to talk with Bob and you’ll sure learn he is the one an only to work along side.

Mar 17, 2014 08:11 PM #11

Great post Bob, very helpful! I would also like to share this PDFfiller website I found to be very useful for fillable pdf forms like tax forms, try it here I find it convenient and very easy.

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