Whether you do your own taxes or have an accountant do them for you, you likely know all too well what a taxing time of the year early April can be for millions of individuals.

That said you don’t have to feel gloom and doom whenever tax season arrives.

When it comes to properly managing one’s money, there are steps individuals can take to lessen the punch many people from the IRS.

Now, this doesn’t mean trying to get away with cheating on your taxes, something that more times than not will come back to haunt you.

What it does mean is making sure you are making any and all deductions possible to you, thereby lessening what you could ultimately end up owing in April.

With that in mind, are you ready to lessen your tax burdens?

Be Educated on Not Paying Too Much in Taxes

So that you can do your best to avoid taking a real gut punch when it comes to your taxes each and every year, remember these tips:

  1. Deductions

First and foremost, are you getting any and all possible tax deductions?

Unfortunately, too many people end up missing out on a number of deductions (see more below), thereby leaving them with a heavier tax burden when all is said and done.

As an example, if you operate a business out of your residence, do you remember to cover deductions like utilities, phones, a portion of your rent, and other such necessities to work and live there?

If you work for a business and drive your personal vehicle to meet with clients, make deliveries etc. you should be recording and turning in that mileage to your employer regularly.

Always look to see where you might be short-changing yourself when it comes to taxes and the deductions that you are rightfully entitled to.

  1. Liabilities

In the event you have past debts with the IRS that have not yet been paid off, you could be looking at having a lien placed on your property. As such, you could end up losing that property at some point and time.

To ease your fears, looking into an online tax lien search is certainly a good idea. Doing so allows you to see if there is in fact a lien in your name.

It is always best to make sure you do not run up a sizable financial bill in back taxes with the government.

If necessary, work out a reasonable payment plan with the IRS, thereby preventing what you owe from getting out of control.

  1. Accountant

For those individuals (perhaps you too) relying on a tax accountant to handle their tax filings each and every year, make sure you have a good one onboard.

He or she should be up to speed on both the federal and state laws when it comes to filing income tax reports.

If you’ve been having trouble lining up a good accountant over time, you can do both online searches and also turn to word-of-mouth recommendations. One or both should land you with a solid tax person sooner rather than later.

Lastly, make sure you are paying a fair rate for the tax services they provide you with.

  1. Education

Lastly, how educated would you say you are when it comes to handling your tax needs year after year?

Having mentioned deductions just a minute ago, do all you can to educate yourself on the various deductions (working from home, contributions to retirement plans etc.) that you are properly entitled to.

Also, look to see if you are best off hiring a tax accountant each year or doing your taxes on your own. Either way, make sure you put yourself in the best position possible to get yearly refunds whenever possible.

Tax season is quite unnerving to many individuals, but by lessening one’s tax burdens, they will find the season not quite as taxing as they had anticipated.