After you’ve filed your taxes, it’s understandable to be a little anxious about whether or not you went through the process correctly. This is especially true if you’ve done your own taxes—when you work with a professional you can trust in their knowledge and experience, but when you file your own taxes it can be easy to get overwhelmed.
As such, you may wish to check with the IRS to see if your taxes were filed correctly in Jamestown, ND before the filing deadline arrives. While most people would probably rather avoid having any contact with the IRS altogether, about 43 percent of all taxpayers end up getting in touch with the agency at some point each year, generally with questions about their tax situation.
This is partially because the IRS doesn’t exactly make it easy on tax filers when it comes to tracking what happens to their return after they send it in. It’s also not always easy to get your information from the IRS—you might be put on hold, or have to wait a while for paper transcripts to be mailed out to you.
Still, there are steps you can take after you’ve sent in your tax paperwork to see if you filed everything correctly and if everything is in order. Here’s a quick overview:
- Go to the IRS: You can either call the IRS directly on one of their public lines, or go to your closest IRS taxpayer assistance center. The IRS will be reluctant to answer tax law questions, though, and it can be difficult to actually get connected with an IRS representative due to frequently long wait times. Still, if you do get connected with someone, the representative should be able to provide you with information about your return’s status. Ask about a compliance check on your account—they’ll know what you’re looking for.
- Get transcripts: You can also obtain IRS transcripts that track your full tax history, including income information, tax returns and account activity. These transcripts will include information about audits, penalties, filing information, payments you’ve submitted (including amounts and dates) and any other notices or activity on your account.
- Go online: You can go to your online IRS account to view tax bills, check out payments you’ve made over the last year and a half and download those aforementioned transcripts. If you discover any unusual activity on your transcripts, it is important to contact the IRS to find out more about your situation and see if there are any steps you need to take to address the issue.
- Get professional assistance: If you find yourself overwhelmed with the entire tax filing process, the best thing you can do to avoid issues and make sure everything is done correctly is to work with a tax preparation professional. They can even handle this research for you to make sure you’re in compliance with all filing regulations.
For more information about making sure your taxes have been filed correctly, contact Craig S. Hanson, CPA for reliable and accurate tax service in Jamestown, ND.