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Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 12:26 PM

'First Look': Accountant shares tips for tax season

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    "First Look with Scott Cox" host Scott Cox talks with John Duffield about tax preparation.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

It's the time of year to sort all your receipts, medical bills and job-related expenses to prepare for one of the busiest times -- tax return season.

Many people get a jump-start on filing for taxes using online programs. Others consult a tax professional in person, or do the work themselves.

But what if you aren't filing correctly?

Expect to get some "fan mail from the IRS," John Duffield, of John D. Duffield, CPA Accountancy Firm, said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"I had a client who thought he was doing it wrong, and he was doing it very wrong," Duffield said.

Taking the time to understand tax forms and adding the right information where it's supposed to go is critical, he said.

Duffield said IRS statistics show that online tax processing is actually up 15 percent from last year.

If you're filing taxes yourself and have any questions, Duffield recommends you talk to an accountant during the off season and have someone review what you have been filing.

 

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