Business View Magazine | February 2019

7 so in the past. It is always advised to file early to protect against identity theft and more, but amid the temporary funding of the government, it is even more crucial this year. In fact, due to the changes in the tax law, some people think it will take more time to file this year, which is even more reason to get started early. According to a recent Jackson Hewitt survey conducted by Re- search Now, 35% of taxpayers think it will take more time to file taxes this year than last. Below are additional tips from Jackson Hewitt for filing taxes this season: File Electronically Be sure to file electronically, either through a tax preparer, tax software or e-file di- rectly with the IRS. Should the government shut down again, paper returns will be slower than electronic returns because tax returns filed electronically are mostly auto- mated. Remember April 15 Is Still Tax Day The tax deadline of April 15 still remains. Taxpayers should not expect more time to file due to the government shutdown. Don’t Expect the Same Refund as Last Year Taxpayers should anticipate a different refund amount, or taxes due, from previous years. Between the many tax law changes, normal life changes that impact taxes and new withholding amounts, refund sizes could vary more widely this year than prior years. Tax Pros Are More Important Than Ever Tax reform has impacted every taxpayer in one way or another. This year, be sure to visit a professional who can get you every credit and deduction you deserve.