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How to file back taxes

Posted: September 29th, 2016 | Expert Advice | No Comments

By Tyson Abbo | Abbo Tax

Taxes have deadlines each year and are required to be filed annually. It is not uncommon for people to miss the deadlines and have late tax returns or miss the year entirely and have unfiled tax returns. Keeping your tax filings on time and up to date is very important and you may need the help of a tax accountant to get your tax account caught up and current. Filing late or filing unfiled tax returns is not much more complicated than filing on time.

Tyson Abbo | Abbo Tax

Tyson Abbo | Abbo Tax

Some people are unaware of their need to file their taxes annually, but generally anyone meeting the filing requirements is required to file yearly. There are consequences for not filing your taxes such as criminal charges and fines. An accountant or CPA is trained to handle all tax forms and can help you to sort out complicated issues related to your unfiled or late taxes.

What forms do I need to get my late taxes filed?

The same forms used for current taxes are used when preparing returns for your late filed tax returns. You need the W-2 forms, 1099 forms and any other tax documents you have for that year. Some of the additional forms include: mortgage interest information from your lender, interest earned from your bank account and any deductions or expenses. If you do not have your W-2 or 1099 forms you may have to call your employer or anyone you worked for to request these copies.

What forms do I use?

An accountant would be able to best serve you in choosing a tax form for your income taxes. It is important to use the correct year’s form when filing old tax returns. If you are filing your 2013 taxes, take care to ensure you are using the 2013 form and not the current 2016 form. When choosing between the 1040, 1040ez and other annual tax return forms, you will need to see what form suits your needs best. A tax professional is a great resource for deciding which form will be best for you.

Where do I find old tax forms?

Tax forms are available through the IRS office, IRS’s website and via phone call to the IRS forms department. Your accountant will likely have old tax forms to help clients that need to file late taxes.

Completing the tax return

After you find the right tax forms and the necessary documents you will need to complete the tax forms. You can choose to fill out and submit the return yourself or have a professional fill the forms out and file for you. A professional will be able to ensure your return is filled out correctly and all the necessary data is included.

Tyson Abbo
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San Diego, CA 92101
Phone (619) 269-8190
Fax (619) 377-7675
Email: tyson@abbotax.com

Abbo Tax
303 A Street, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone (619) 269-8190
Fax (619) 377-7675
Email: info@abbotax.com

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