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!