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  • Writer's pictureBrian R. Schobel, CPA

The Importance of Sending Tax Documents and Information to Your Accountant



As the 2023 tax season concludes, it's important to remember that one of the most critical components of the tax preparation process is ensuring that your accountant has all the necessary documents and information to accurately prepare your tax return. Here are some reasons why it's crucial to send tax documents and other needed information to your accountant:


1. Accuracy: Providing all necessary tax documents and information to your accountant ensures that your tax return is prepared accurately. This includes W-2 forms, 1099 forms, and any other documentation related to your income and deductions. Without these documents, your tax return may be incomplete or inaccurate, potentially resulting in costly mistakes or even penalties.


2. Timeliness: By sending all necessary tax documents and information to your accountant in a timely manner, you help to ensure that your tax return is completed on time. Failure to file your tax return by the deadline can result in penalties and interest charges, which can add up quickly over time.


3. Maximizing deductions: Providing your accountant with all relevant information can help to ensure that you are taking advantage of all available tax deductions and credits. This can help to minimize your tax liability and potentially increase your tax refund.


4. Avoiding audits: By providing complete and accurate information to your accountant, you can reduce the likelihood of being audited by the IRS. Incomplete or inaccurate information can raise red flags with the IRS and potentially trigger an audit, which can be a time-consuming and stressful process.


5. Peace of mind: By ensuring that your accountant has all necessary tax documents and information, you can have peace of mind knowing that your tax return has been prepared accurately and in compliance with all relevant tax laws and regulations.


In conclusion, sending tax documents and other needed information to your accountant is a critical component of the tax preparation process. It helps to ensure accuracy, timeliness, and maximizes deductions while reducing the likelihood of an audit. By providing your accountant with all necessary information, you can have peace of mind and avoid costly mistakes.



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