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    Default I have no tax information.

    So, I probably took way too long to get on this, but I never seemed to have received any tax information. I think the deadline is April 16th, yeah? I don't know how I can avoid being at least a little delinquent on filing my taxes at this point.

    Who do I bug to get my tax forms?
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    Do you have a "fixed" employer, or do you work as a freelancer/professional/whatever?

    In the first case, you need to bug your employer and the local tax office. In the second case, you need to bug your clients and the local tax office; if your income exceeds a certain amount (which I don't know exactly, likely subject to statewise variation), it's better to ask a professional tax advisor.
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    If you mean your W2s or whatever (report of earnings from employers), you should contact the employer ASAP if you aren't freelance. Technically, if you have all your pay stubs, you could tally them all up (including the income, taxes, and any special deductions); but you need all of your forms and don't want to miss any. There are also typically 1099 forms sent out in regards to other income and deductions, etc.

    If you just mean forms to fill out your tax, a lot of this stuff can be done online now. Normally the post office will carry Federal and maybe state, and all of them I think can be downloaded online in PDF form. Also, looking for links to palite on the PA state site and for Capital City Tax (might be Berks, not sure) will deal with your local. Local and state can be filed for free electronically; federal can be filed for free on some sites or if you're going to do itemized deductions, you can use online software like Turbo tax or H&R Block (formerly TaxCut) to file for a price.
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    Jennifer hit the nail on the head. Your employer is the only person capable of sending out a w-2 (and you normally receive those WELL before april. I usually get mine in the January/February area.) Typically, most americans have 2 sorts of forms.
    - Employer forms. (the w-2s, or if you were contracting work it's a different form but the same things, etc. I seem to recall you working for the government, sometimes they post these things online via things like MyPay accounts. Check with your boss and find out for sure, and what you can do to get one re-printed.)
    - Bank forms. (1099 is usually what you receive from the bank, it'll be stamped with "TAX INFORMATION ENCLOSED" or something to that effect. If you have no bank account, you won't have this.)
    - Students also have a school form, showing assets and deductions regarding classes.

    You simply take those one, two, or three forms, and you can do one of three things.
    - Hire someone. HR-Block, etc. Usually this isn't really necessary unless you have special assets and deductions where you'd get a LOT more money back from someone who knows what they're doing.
    - Use Turbo-Tax. Either your own, or someone else's. Sometimes schools have it available for their students too. I think it's free for the simple basic version. It lays everything out nicely, and explains everything in a simple step-by-step system. You can get your refund sent to you electronically, and it will tell you if you've made an error somewhere on the forms so if you're scared about saying the wrong thing don't worry and just fill it out till the end and see if any errors occur.
    - Find one of those workshops on campuses for free tax filing. They do this sometimes as well, and if you're REALLY scared about it financial advisors and people proficient with tax filing services can help you complete your taxes. This late in the game, though, I think the second option would be the fastest and the best, as well as the least stressful.

    Turbo tax can be completed in about an hour with all the proper documentation and forms in hand, so getting those together is all you need. Too easy, right?!
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    Yeah, taxes are really really easy now with electronic software. Since I used to do my own taxes by hand, the switch to electronic was a godsend, since now all the coordination between forms and having the tax laws programmed into the software simplifies things greatly. The more you itemize deductions or have investments, though, the more helpful i think a real live human expert would be in preparing your tax forms; if all you submit is the standard, then you really can do them yourself.

    (This year I had a lot of valid medical expense I could claim, but i almost missed the fact I could also deduct travel fare to the medical appointments/procedures. This is the kind of thing an expert/professional can contribute, so that you don't miss any deductions you can make to your tax burden.)

    But really, going electronic has reduced what used to be hours and hours of work and reworking (to double-check) to just a few hours max, if that. The most tedious part is inputting the W2 information, and some companies now have their W2s set up electronically and the software can find and download your info.

    Anyway, like Kyu said, your W2s typically come out in Jan/Feb. next year, if Feb is waning and you haven't yet received them, that is when I'd start trying to track them down. Waiting until the last minute is doable, but things typically become crazy; your return, especially if you are getting refunds, also is processed a bit more quickly earlier in the season.
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    I wonder how accurate the audit risk meter is on Turbo Tax?

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    On top of that I think employers have to send your W-2's by mid February or else they can be in big trouble? Not too sure about the "big trouble" part but I know all stock brokers/etc. tend to have a "We will send your tax info no later than Feb 15" email and/or letter sent out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I think the deadline is April 16th, yeah? I don't know how I can avoid being at least a little delinquent on filing my taxes at this point.
    It's April 17th this year for the IRS. Usually it's April 15th but it's the 17th this year because April 15th falls on the weekend.
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    You can get it faxed pretty quick. Also, file a preliminary and get the extension
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    Try the library for paper forms, if you are missing your information, file an extension on what you think you owe. Over pay to limit the risk of penalties, you will get it back in time (invest any refund into a retirement account).

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