Tips for tax season


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Rep. Doc Hastings

As tax day nears on April 15, we’re reminded of the tremendous impact that decisions made in Washington D.C. have on Central Washington families, farmers and businesses. With many still searching for jobs or working twice as hard to pay the bills, the last thing Americans need is a higher tax bill from the federal government.

Unfortunately, this Administration has repeatedly shown that its approach is to tax more and spend more.

Americans deserve to keep more of their hard earned money and they deserve a tax code that is easy to understand. I have long supported efforts to eliminate our current tax system and replace it with one that is simpler, fairer and consistent. Simplifying our tax code will give American families and job creators the certainty of knowing what their tax bill will be year-to-year so that they can plan for the future, save and invest.

A competitive tax system will grow our economy, allow American small businesses to create new jobs and enable private sector growth.

The chairman of the House tax writing committee recently released a proposal to reform the tax code with these goals in mind. While this is just the first draft, it will allow Americans to review it and see what they like and don’t like about the proposal before moving forward.

In my view, this open process is how Congress should work, instead of former Speaker Pelosi’s infamous quote that “…we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” in reference to Obamacare.

You can learn more and share your tax reform ideas at www.taxreform.gov. I will continue to support efforts to create a simpler, more competitive tax code that will help American families and businesses succeed.

As the April 15 tax filing deadline fast approaches, here are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare your taxes this year:

…The Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Assistance Center, located in Yakima, may be able to assist you with questions or concerns regarding your tax return. You can also call toll-free 1-800-829-1040 to speak with an IRS representative on the phone.

…The IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail. Therefore, do not answer an e-mail that appears to have been sent by the IRS.

…If you choose to hire a professional tax preparer, choose wisely. Ask questions and make sure you understand and are comfortable with the accuracy of your tax returns as you are ultimately responsible.

…If you are unable to file by April 15, file for an extension.

…Always save a copy of your tax return.

For more information about filing, tax forms, answers to frequently asked questions or to track the status of your tax refund, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

‑ U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings represents Central Washington/

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