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2013 Tax Forms to File. Do You Really Need them?

Posted by admin on September 14th, 2015
Last modified: September 14, 2015

So you forgot to file your 2013 tax return.


Here is a common scenario that many late tax filers dread.


It’s  January 2016, the best time to buy a new car, and you’re ready, or so you think.

You empty the shoe box and shuffle through your tax documents. That’s when it hits you: you never filed that 2013 tax return! 

You need not worry too much: there are in fact a number of options available, some fast, others not so much.


Do it yourself? With pencil & eraser?


You could complete the 2013 tax forms yourself, right? Well yes, until you remember that you could barely sit through that accounting class you took in college without doodling in the margins of your two-subject Five-Star. Besides, that it’s probably the slowest choice.


Download 2013 tax software? Yes, but…


There are of course 2013 tax software applications out there that you can purchase and download onto your hard drive to file your past year taxes. However, before you grab your wallet let’s take a closer look at some inconvenient facts:

  • You can only prepare your late tax return on that computer on which you downloaded the software.
  • Little or no customer support.
  • Missing tax items.


The online solution makes the most sense


Why? Here are five good reasons:

#1 You can prepare your 2013 taxes from any computer with internet access.

When you file your taxes online, you have the option to create your account on your iPhone and then finish on your desktop at home. As long as you have access to the internet, it is really up to you. Tax software only allows you to prepare your entire return on the same computer where you installed it.


#2 Your personal information is completely secure with online trusted security systems.

At the bottom of our website, you will find all of the security measures taken that are protecting the information that you enter onto your 2013 account with Priortax. These are trusted around the globe and many of you may already be familiar with these. Tax software unfortunately is only as secure as your computer’s  antivirus and firewall protection is.


#3 You have many storage options for your 2013 tax return when filing online.

Websites that offer online tax filing allow you to download and save your tax return as a PDF. This means that you have the option to save it in your dropbox, on a USB drive or with a number of other online storage options. Tax software will typically only allow you to save your return for three years and will only be available to you in the software’s chosen format.


#4 Online filing websites prompt you to save often.

When using online filing, you are prompted to save your information after every page completed. This is helpful for those rare but unfortunate times when your laptop dies or the power goes out. When using tax software on your computer, you MUST be sure to update the settings to autosave your information. Otherwise, you risk the chance of losing your information and having to start over.


#5 You have unlimited free customer support when filing online with Priortax!

Tax software tends to be hit or miss when it comes to customer service. Some will offer just a technical support phone-line while others will provide you with a toll-free phone number to call. On top of our complete knowledgebase of free tax information available to you, we also offer customer support from our qualified tax experts via phone, live-chat and email at no extra cost to you!


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Are You Looking for 2013 Tax Forms?

Posted by admin on September 1st, 2015
Last modified: October 7, 2015

We have you covered: here are all of the major federal tax preparation forms for 2013!





Schedule A

Schedule B

Schedule C

Schedule D

Schedule SE


These forms will only cover the requirements of a basic federal tax return. The forms needed for a 2013 state tax return are a bit more tricky to get your hands on. For these, you would have to visit your state’s government website for access to these. 

But wait…. You don’t need any 2013 Tax Forms if you prepare your return online.

That’s right! Let us help you. Using streamlines the whole tedious job. All you need to do is create an account and start filling in your basic information. It is free to start and as you enter your credentials, we will let you know your refund amount. On top of that, we have a team of tax professionals ready to help you every step of the way via free phone support, live-chat and email.

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File Late 2014 Taxes Online

Posted by admin on June 8th, 2015
Last modified: June 8, 2015

OK, your 2014 taxes are late.

The April 15th deadline has come and gone and you have yet to file your 2014 tax return. Take a deep breath. The good thing is you can still e-file your late 2014 taxes online. However, you may be subject to one or more IRS penalties.

What penalties to expect

There are two penalty fees that the IRS has in place that you may be subject to.

Failure-to-file: this equals out to be 5% of your unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month that a tax return is past the April 15 deadline. This fee caps off at 25% of your unpaid tax.

There are two instances when this could apply to you:

  1. You owe tax and didn’t file your tax return or an extension of the time to file by April 15th, or
  2. You owe tax and still don’t file your tax return by the October 15th tax extension deadline


Failure-to-pay: this works out to be 0.5% of your unpaid tax per month or part of a month and begins to accrue the day after taxes are due in April. This fee caps also off at 25% of your unpaid tax.

To be liable for this, you must owe tax and:

  1. not have filed your tax return or extension by April 15th, or
  2. have filed an extension for your current year tax return by April 15th deadline but paid less than 90% of the tax amount due, or
  3. have filed an extension for your current year tax return by April 15th but didn’t pay any of the tax amount due

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How to Check A Prior Year Tax Return Status

Posted by admin on June 4th, 2015
Last modified: June 4, 2015

How about using the “Where’s My Refund” IRS tool?

Although the IRS “Where’s My Refund” tool is available to check the progress of your return, it only applies to the tax return you filed for the most current tax year.

For example, let’s say you file your 2013 tax return and soon after remember to file your late 2012 return. Although you filed your 2013 taxes before your 2012, 2013 is going to be the one that the IRS site shows the status for since it is the most recent tax year in their database for you.

So how do you check the status of a prior year tax return you just sent to the IRS?

Brace yourselves. A lot of you aren’t going to like Plan B. You’ll need to call the IRS. Of course, you don’t want to mail your return and call on your lunch break the following day. The IRS insists that you wait it out for at least 6 weeks after mailing your return to call and check on the status. When you call, make sure you have the following handy:

  • your tax year
  • your social security number
  • your filing status
  • your exact refund amount

You can call 1-800-829-1040 and follow the prompts for a live representative. The person that you speak with will have direct access to your tax return and be able to provide you with a status update.

Tip: Request a tracking number when mailing your return. It’ll give you peace of mind to know that it arrived safe and sound.

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Where is My 2013 State Tax Refund?

Posted by admin on May 20th, 2015
Last modified: May 20, 2015

How to check the status of your 2013 state tax refund

After filing your state tax return, you can track the status of your 2013 state tax refund by visiting your state agency’s tax refund status page. Click your state in the list below to go to that page:

Colorado Connecticut
Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana
Maine Maryland
Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana
NebraskaNew Jersey
New MexicoNew York
North Carolina North Dakota
Rhode IslandSouth Carolina
Virginia West Virginia

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Filing A 2013 Tax Return : Fact vs Fiction

Posted by admin on May 13th, 2015
Last modified: May 22, 2015

Have you put filing your 2013 tax return on the back burner?

If your answer to that question is yes, you will want to sort out the facts from the fables before you are ready to get the job done. There is quite a bit of misunderstanding around when it comes to late tax filing.

For example:


Fiction: I can still e-file.

Fact: Unfortunately, you’ve missed the train on this one. October 15th, 2014 was the absolute last day for you to e-file your 2013 tax return as an individual. That’s because the IRS shuts down their e-file system on this date each year.


Fiction: I can submit my 2013 tax return online to the IRS.

Fact: Nope, sorry but you’ll need to download, print, sign, and mail your 2013 tax return.


Fiction: I can’t prepare my late 2013 tax return online because I need tax forms and tax tables.

Fact: You can prepare your return in just 10 minutes with Priortax now. No tax forms, no tax tables, no tax rates: the application pulls these for you. And with help from our tax experts, we’ll have you skipping to the mail box in no time!


Fiction: I can’t file my 2013 tax return because I still have a 2012 tax return to file.

Fact: Yes, you can. To avoid the snowball effect of penalty fees and interest though, you should file both returns as soon as possible.


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How To File 2008 Taxes in 2015

Posted by admin on April 6th, 2015
Last modified: April 6, 2015

Here’s how to get caught up on your late 2008 taxes

If you forgot to file your 2008 tax return, you should do so as soon as possible. Sure, it’s been 6 years since the tax filing deadline for that year, but you should still get caught up.

Here are two very good reasons reasons why:

  1. The IRS has up to 10 years to collect
  2. Late fees increase by the day if you owe tax from that year (the longer you wait, the worse the situation)

And an even better one:

  1. Uncle Sam is knocking at the door.

Before you get started, there’s something you must know: you won’t be able to e-file your 2008 taxes. In fact, the IRS shuts down the e-file system at the end of each tax season and that one was, well, a long time ago.

If I can’t e-file then how do I file?

With easy e-filing unavailable, it  means that after you have prepared your tax return and we’ve reviewed it you will need to download, print, and sign it before hopping over to the post office to mail it to the IRS or state.

So if you’re suddenly in a hurry to get that 2008 return out, you want to allow for some time ahead.

Follow these 7 Simple Steps

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Can I File My 2009 Taxes Online?

Posted by admin on March 26th, 2015
Last modified: March 26, 2015

You can prepare your 2009 tax return online with PriorTax. 

Once, a long time ago, 2009 tax returns were due on April 15, 2010.

If you’ve been putting off filing your 2009 taxes since that initial deadline, you may wonder why you should bother filing at all?

There are a couple of good reasons you should do it.

For one, the IRS has 10 years to collect on any tax you owe. For two, tax penalties for filing late increase by the day and, by now, they have really built up. The longer you wait, the worse the situation.

The good news is that you can still prepare your 2009 taxes online with PriorTax.

Will I Owe the IRS Late Penalties?

If you owe the IRS from the 2009 tax year, plan on paying late penalties. These late fees include:

  • Failure-to-file: 5% of your tax due total for each month your return is filed late, up to 25%
  • Failure-to-pay: ½ of 1% of your unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month left unpaid (this amount is waived if you’re already facing the failure-to-file penalty)

The penalty for filing late can be ten times worse than the penalty for paying late. At the very least, file your 2009 return as soon as possible.

Then, contact the IRS to arrange to pay your tax bill. They can set up an installment plan that will work for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Can I E-File My 2014 Taxes after April 15?

Posted by admin on March 18th, 2015
Last modified: March 19, 2015

Yes, the very last day to e-file a 2014 tax return is October 15, 2015.

October 15, 2015 is the very last day you’ll be able to e-file a 2014 tax return.

However, after April 15, 2015 (the IRS tax filing deadline), your 2014 Tax Return will be considered late.

If you’re expecting a refund from your 2014 taxes, you won’t be penalized for filing after the deadline. On the other hand, if you have tax due, you’ll face IRS late penalties for filing after April 15th.

But, beware of IRS late penalties!

Plan on filing after the April 15 deadline? If you have tax due, you could end up with a nasty tax bill.

IRS late fees include the following:

  • Failure-to-file penalty: the penalty for filing late is 5% of the additional taxes owed amount for every month (or fraction thereof) your return is late, up to a maximum of 25%

  • Failure-to-pay penalty: late payment penalty is 0.5% (1/2 of 1 percent) of the additional tax owed amount for every month (or fraction thereof) the owed tax remains unpaid, up to a maximum of 25%. Read the rest of this entry »

How to File 2010 Taxes in 2015

Posted by admin on March 3rd, 2015
Last modified: March 19, 2015

Still haven’t filed your 2010 Taxes?  Need to do so in a rush?

2010 tax returns were due on April 15, 2011. Even though it’s been four years since the initial filing deadline, you should still file your 2010 taxes. For one, the IRS has 10 years to collect if you happen to owe.

If you’re avoiding filing because of a nasty tax bill, you should keep in mind that putting it off will only make matters worse. IRS late fees have been piling up and are bound to increase the further you get from the deadline.

The good news is that you can still prepare your 2010 taxes in 2015 online with PriorTax. No digging for tax forms. You can leave the complicated calculations to us.

Here’s how to file your 2010 Taxes:

  1. Create a PriorTax Account: Be sure the 2010 tax year is selected from the Tax Year drop down menu

  2. Enter Your Information: With your 2010 tax forms (W-2s, etc.)  in hand, enter your tax information by following the user-friendly PriorTax application.

  3. Review Your Entered Info: If you need to file a State Return as well, simply select both Federal & State in the Review Tab.

  4. Checkout & Submit: Once you’ve entered all the necessary information, you’ll pay and submit your tax return.

  5. Print, Sign & Mail: The PriorTax team will prepare and review your 2010 return. Once they’ve done so, you’ll be notified. At that point, you’ll simply need to print and sign it before mailing it to the IRS. Read the rest of this entry »