My secret tax weapon costs 99 cents

Want to know what my 99-cent secret weapon is this tax season?

A plastic three-ring binder.

Organization is the key to successfully filing your taxes, in my opinion. My binder, which has copies of past returns and the W-2, lets me quickly refer back to important information and see that I have everything I need before I submit my return. Having my binder also prevents an incomplete or inaccurate return, which otherwise could end in an audit or a penalty fee.

Whenever I get a tax-related document, or know something will be helpful tax season (like a list of donations I make throughout the year), it goes right into the binder.

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