The first thing that you need to do is to gather all papers related to your income, expenses and deductions. These include any receipts, statements and forms that you feel may be even slightly relevant to your taxes. It is natural to become confused about what may be important and what is not. In such a case, just keep that paper safe with you. Remember, it is a much better idea to keep something and not have any use of it later instead of requiring something but not having it.
After you have gathered up all forms, statements and receipts that may be even remotely relevant to your income, expenses and deductions, visit the IRS (Internal Revenue System) website and select one of their authorised e-file providers. Alternatively, you can purchase an authorised e-file programme from your nearest computer store. While some of the top e-file programmes are quite similar, you should make an informed decision regarding which one to purchase after comparing their features and prices.
Now that you have the e-file programme, load it on your computer and start using it to compute your taxes. It will guide you through the process by giving you instructions. Simply follow these instructions. If you are confused about anything, use the help feature of the programme to remove your confusion.
Be sure to organise your documents and keep saving them as you go through the process. This will help you to get done with the filing process much faster next year as you will not have to start from scratch.
If you want to get done with the online tax filing process smoothly, do not try to take any shortcuts, as that would only lead to complications. If you encounter an error or red flag while entering information at any point, do not ignore the error or skip the step. Try to understand what you are doing wrong. If you have trouble figuring it out, it may be a good idea to get help from a professional.
After you are done entering your complete information and are shown a green light from the e-file programme, file your tax.