Adam Magee

Jan 23 2017

2017 Tax Season Tips

2017 Tax Season Tips

Monday January 23rd marks the beginning of the electronic tax return filing season which will continue until April 18th. You might be thinking, “April 18th? Isn’t the deadline always April 15th?” April 15th falls on a Saturday this year, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday (April 17th). However, Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia, will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.

New this year, businesses which need to file Form 1065 – US Return of Partnership Income or Form 1120S – US Income Tax Return for an S Corporation, are due March 15th this year. Corporations which file Form 1120 need to file by April 18th.

More than 153 million individual tax returns are expected to be filed in 2017 with more than 80% of the tax returns being prepared electronically using tax return preparation software. If you are switching to a different tax software product this year, you will need to know your adjusted gross income from your 2015 tax return in order to file electronically. Using the Electronic Filing PIN is no longer an option.

To receive your refund in the fastest and safest way, the IRS recommends choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds. The IRS anticipates issuing more than 90% of refunds in fewer than 21 days in this manner.

Here are a few more tax preparation tips:

  • Visit the IRS website ( The IRS website is full of valuable information and according to the IRS, 70% of the nation’s taxpayers are eligible for IRS Free File.
  • Gather all important tax documents using documents collected last year as a guide. All taxpayers must save their tax documents for at least three years. A few important documents include:
    • W-2s
    • 1099s (miscellaneous income, interest, dividends, certain government payments, distributions from pensions, annuities, retirements, etc.)
    • Form 1098 – Mortgage Interest
    • Vehicle registration fees paid in 2016 and state sales tax paid on cars purchased in 2016
    • Receipts and other proof of charitable contributions made in 2016
  • Review your return for errors. Check spelling on names, social security numbers, math, and inputs on line items.
  • Sign and date your return (along with your spouse).
  • Consult your tax professional for help.

All taxpayers should continue to watch out for identity theft scams by people pretending to be IRS representatives through email or phone communications. Remember, the IRS will never:

  • Demand immediate payment without first having mailed the taxpayer an explanation of additional tax due.
  • Demand that the taxpayer pay taxes without giving them the opportunity to question or appeal the amount said to be owed.
  • Require a specific payment method to be used to pay tax owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.

Finally, don’t forget about filing your Iowa individual income tax return, which is due May 1st, 2017!

This information is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to substitute professional advice.


Adam Magee

About Adam Magee

Adam Magee is a Financial Reporting Associate at Hills Bank’s Operation Center in Hills, IA. Adam has been with the bank since 2016 assisting with SEC filings, income taxes, impaired loan reporting, Federal Home Loan Bank collateral reporting, and accounting research. Adam is from Columbia, Missouri and enjoys flying hot air balloons in his free time. Adam can be reached at

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22 Responses to 2017 Tax Season Tips

  1. Laurie says:

    I think it is important to keep your tax stuff together and organized i.e. receipts, logs, forms, etc. throughout the year, which will make it easier when tax time comes. Great tips, thanks so much for sharing!

  2. AckleySmith says:

    Wonderful article and tips on Tax, are really helps me a lot. Thank you for sharing.

  3. This is some really good information about tax services. It does seem like a good idea to have a professional help with taxes. I always want to get the most money back, but I don’t know how to do it.

  4. You did a great job of explaining how to stay above the tax craze this year and how to file your claims without making a mistake. I recently moved from China and so I am not all too familiar with how the tax system works here. With that being said, I will consider meeting with a specialist who knows what they are doing. Thanks for all the help!

  5. Ally Day says:

    Great article and very well explained. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Many thanks for your share.

  6. I wasn’t aware that all taxpayers are required to save their tax documents for up to 3 years ago for record keeping purposes. I’ve heard, too, that it’s very important to keep these records kept in an organized, safe, and secure place where only you have access to them. I’ll be sure to keep this great information in mind as I check my tax papers and make sure I have everything that I need and that they’re organized.

  7. Heather says:

    I always keep all of my tax documentation in labeled folders and never move them, just in case. And I’ve found it so helpful to use technology to help with filing. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Larry Weaver says:

    Thanks for the tip to visit the IRS website when working on tax preparation, that’s something I’ll have to remember for next year. I would also try to trust tax return preparation services more than I have in the past. Also, thanks for pointing out that the IRS will never ask for credit or debit card numbers.

  9. Steav Smith says:

    Now, that’s the article I was looking for. Thanks for sharing all the valuable and timely needed information with us. No doubt this article will be a great help for people regarding 2017 Tax seasons.

  10. Derek Dewitt says:

    With tax season around the corner, my wife and I are trying to get a head start on preparing our tax returns. I like that you suggest reviewing your return for errors like spelling, social security numbers, and math. These are easy mistakes to make, so I’ll be sure to double check my paperwork before I submit it. Thanks for the help!

  11. Deb Pearl says:

    Thank you for all of the tax preparation tips. This year my husband and I really want to be on top of getting our taxes done early, and well. That is a good idea to make sure we review everything and check for errors. We wouldn’t want to send it in with errors.

  12. Great article about tax preparation. This is a very useful and helpful for everyone. I like the way you explained each point with necessary details. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  13. Carina says:

    Thanks for the great guide

    • Adam Magee Adam Magee says:

      You’re welcome, Carina! I’m glad you found this article helpful. Thanks for reading Hills Helps!

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