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Jackson Hewitt Announces Extended Hours at Locations Nationwide and Offers Last Minute Tips for Late Filers

Apr 12, 2012

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (April 10, 2012) - Time is running out for taxpayers who have yet to file their 2011 income tax returns, as the April 17 deadline is now just one week away. To assist late filers with their returns, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® today announced that many of its offices and Walmart kiosks across the country will offer extended hours through Tax Day.

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), millions of taxpayers will file their returns during the final week of the season (with roughly 20 to 25 percent of all taxpayers filing over the final 14 days of the tax season). For those who have yet to file and are now feeling hurried, the key is to be prepared and focused to ensure that the last minute rush does not result in mistakes, penalties or delays on their return. With many locations offering extended hours, Jackson Hewitt professional tax preparers will be on hand mornings, afternoons and evenings to help millions of late filers take the right steps.

"When you rush to finish something, mistakes can happen," said Mark Steber, chief tax officer, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. "In the case of a tax return, mistakes, or even oversights on valuable tax breaks, can cost you money. The good news is that many Jackson Hewitt locations are offering extended hours through Tax Day with professional tax preparers available to help late filers complete their returns correctly and on time. Many taxpayers can still get the most out of their returns."

To assist late filers, Steber shares five last minute tips:

  1. Have all necessary tax documents - Jackson Hewitt provides an online checklist of items needed for filing a tax return, including wage statements (Form W-2), Form 1099, unemployment compensation received (Form W-2G), Social Security card(s), driver's license(s), last year's federal and state tax returns, last year's state refund amount (if applicable), mortgage interest paid and real estate taxes (Form 1098), total of all cash and non-cash charitable contributions, records to support your deductions and Form HUD-1 or its equivalent;
  2. Don't overlook money saving credits and deductions - From benefits relating to life changes in 2011, to new and extended tax laws, knowing which credits and deductions can be claimed can help maximize a tax refund or reduce taxes owed. "With so many tax law changes each year, working with a knowledgeable preparer can help taxpayers claim what they qualify for and avoid leaving well earned money on the table," said Steber;
  3. File electronically - IRS e-file is not only faster than mailing a tax return, but it's also more accurate and includes a confirmation of receipt, so taxpayers know their returns have been received before the deadline. By combining e-filing and direct deposit, taxpayers can receive their refund in as little as 8 to 15 days. Jackson Hewitt offers free e-filing with paid tax preparation;
  4. Be prepared to pay now, if you owe - If you think you are going to owe on your taxes and are unable to pay the full amount due, it is important to pay as much as possible to reduce interest charges and potential penalties. Speak with your local tax preparer about the various payment options, such as the IRS Installment Agreement, payment by credit card and scheduled direct debit from a checking or savings account; and,
  5. Ask about extensions - Requesting an extension gives you until October 15, 2012 to file your return. To file an extension, you must create a draft of your income return, which will provide an estimate of your total refund or balance due. If the estimate shows that you owe, all taxes must still be paid by the April 17 deadline. A professional tax preparer can help assess whether there are taxes due and determine whether or not filing an extension is needed.

To find a local Jackson Hewitt office or Jackson Hewitt kiosk in Walmart, and to learn about extended hours of operation, visit www.jacksonhewittcentralflorida.com or call 1-888-502-1040.

About Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.

Based in Parsippany, NJ, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is an industry-leading provider of full service individual federal and state income tax preparation, with nearly 6,500 franchised and company-owned locations throughout the United States, including 2,800 located in Walmart stores nationwide. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® also offers an online tax preparation product at www.jacksonhewittonline.com. For more information, or to locate your neighborhood Jackson Hewitt® office, visit www.jacksonhewittcentralflorida.com or call 1-888-502-1040. Jackson Hewitt Central Florida can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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What Should You Bring To You Jackson Hewitt Tax Interview

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Check the list below. You many not need or have all of these documents. Bring the ones you have. If you have questions, ask your Jackson Hewitt tax agent.

What to bring:

  • Wage statements/W-2s
  • Driver’s license(s)
  • Social Security card(s)
  • Dependents’ Social Security numbers and dates of birth
  • Last year’s Federal and State tax return, if not a prior-year client
  • Child care expenses and provider information
  • Lottery or gambling winnings/losses
  • State or local taxes paid
  • Mortgage or home equity loan interest paid/1098
  • Real estate and personal property taxes
  • Cash and non-cash charitable donations
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Record of purchase or sale of residence
  • Alimony paid or received
  • Unreimbursed employment-related expenses
  • Job-related educational expenses
  • Educator expenses
  • Tuition and Education Fees/1098-T
  • Student loan interest/1098-E
  • Casualty or theft losses
  • Commissions received/paid
  • Pension, retirement income/1099-R
  • Unemployment income/1099-G
  • Canceled Debt Amount/1099-C
  • Social Security income/SSA-1099
  • IRA contributions
  • Statements on the sales of stocks or bonds/1099-B
  • Interest and dividend income/1099-INT/1099-DIV
  • State refund amount/1099-G
  • Income and expenses from rentals
  • Self-employed business income and expenses/1099-MISC
  • Estimated taxes or foreign taxes paid
  • HUD-1 statement or substitute, if new home purchased

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An ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) enables individuals who aren't eligible for Social Security Numbers to comply with US tax laws and take care of their IRS requirements. The ITIN is issued for the purpose of filing taxes but has other uses such as:

  • Establishing credit
  • Opening a Bank Account
  • Purchasing a House or Automobile
  • Renting An Apartment or House
  • Starting a Business

An ITIN cannot be used for employment purposes.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service can assist as a Certificate Acceptance Agent before IRS with the application process for the ITIN, including the following steps:

  • Completing Form W-7.
  • Completing Form 1040.
  • Jackson Hewitt Acceptance Agents send paper forms of all documents to the IRS.

Family members can be included on tax returns filed using ITIN if:

  • They qualify as dependents
  • They live in Canada, Mexico or the United States
  • If dependents do not qualify to obtain a social security number you can apply for ITIN's for them.
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