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Waiting until mid-April to file your federal income tax return not only increases the potential for mistakes made in haste but also delays your receipt of a refund, if you' re eligible for one.
The IRS has released a list of seven tips to help you get a jumpstart on your taxes:
1. Gather your records in advance. Check to be sure that you have all the records you need, such as forms W-2 and 1099. Make a copy of your records for your files.
2. Get the right forms. Tax forms are available on the IRS Web site (IRS.gov).
3. Take your time. Take a break while completing your tax return. If you rush through it, …