April 07, 2008
Life Guide by Sarah Lindner
If you’ve been procrastinating on filing your taxes, Austin professional organizer Lorie Marrero recommends a tool that will make it easier to get started: H&R Block’s Organizit (https://organizit.hrblock.com). Based on a quick questionnaire, the program tells you what documents you should have.
If you’re claiming deductions for donating household items, Marrero recommends It’s Deductible (http://www.itsdeductibleonline.com).
“One of our clients had estimated her donation at $400, and after using It’s Deductible, she found the value was actually $1,500,” Marrero said.
You can find a free form to itemize your donations on Marrero’s Web site, www.clutterdiet.com.
After you’ve finished this year’s taxes, make the process easier next year.
“We suggest creating a file folder for specific tax documents for each year,” Marrero said in an e-mail interview.
Then you can file away tax-related papers throughout the year.
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