Deal Diva: Last-minute tax preps

Deal Diva: Last-minute tax preps

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – There are less than 30 days to file your tax return.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, returns are down nearly 7 percent compared to this time last year.

Consumer Reports looked at three of the most popular tax products to help consumers file this tax season.

The top three are Turbo Tax, H&R Block and Tax Act and all are good, according to Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports stated consumers with simple returns can easily and conveniently file using their smartphones.

All three products will allow consumers to automatically upload W-2 information by taking a photo.

However, consumers with a more complicated return may have to upgrade to their online tax products or see a professional.

Samantha Slapnik, owner of Liberty Tax Service in Carolina Forest, warns that consumers who file individual returns can make mistakes.

"Make sure you have all your deductions for your house, for your charitable contributions, for any medical deductions you might have," said Slapnik. "Typically if someone is married, filing either single or head of household because they don't qualify for those statuses. Another mistake would be claiming a dependent that is not qualified, meaning they didn't live with you, they didn't have residency, they don't have that relationship or they are older and not in school, or they make too much money."

Due to upcoming holidays, this year's tax deadline has been extended. Slapnik said Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. is on Sunday, April 16. However, the federal holiday was pushed to Monday, April 17, giving filers until April 18 to get those returns in.

Slapnik added it doesn't matter when a person files; it is important to make sure it's right.

"Regardless of when you're going to file whether it's early or late in the season you got to make sure you spend time doing your homework," said Slapnik.

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