5. Consider other filing options: There are many different options for filing your tax return. You can prepare it yourself or go to a tax preparer. You may be eligible for free face-to-face help at an IRS office or volunteer site. Give yourself time to weigh all the different options and find the one that best suits your needs.
6. Consider direct deposit: If you elect to have your refund directly deposited into your bank account, you'll receive it faster than waiting for a paper check.
7. Visit the IRS website again and again: The official IRS website is a great place to find everything you'll need to file your tax return: forms, publications, tips, answers to frequently asked questions and updates on changes in the tax law.
8. Remember this number — 17: Check out IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax on the IRS website. It's a comprehensive collection of information for taxpayers that highlights everything you'll need to know when filing your return.
9. Review! Review! Review! Don't rush. We all make mistakes when we rush. Mistakes will slow down the processing of your return. Be sure to double-check all the Social Security numbers and math calculations on your return as these are the most common errors made by taxpayers.
10. Don't panic! If you run into a problem, remember the IRS is here to help. Try IRS.gov or call 800-829-1040.