Tax season begins

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jan 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-30 18:55:33-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--You could save big on your taxes by knowing about the deductions you qualify for.

Experts say get organized so you have everything at your fingertips when you're ready to file.

That includes social security numbers, W-2 forms, and anything you plan to itemize like charitable donations.

Donations to Goodwill can help you on your taxes. If you go the distance to help an organization, you could itemize the volunteer miles you drove.

Shawn Wesley the owner of Northside Tax Service says there's all kinds of tax breaks you may not know about. from charities to being involved in war re-enactments.

If that's the case you can itemize equipment, clothing, and travel.

"The tax code is well over 60,000 pages now and there's no way someone can know even the majority of it so it's simply, you don't know what you don't know," said Wesley.

Wesley says you can also save time with some guidance, especially with business and complex individual taxes.

"The tax code is very complex and you need to be aware of compliance."

Tax season is here but eight days later than originally planned because of the fiscal cliff. Still many people have to wait to file while the IRS updates its system.

"The biggest change that people notice is the delay in the time you can file so if you have depreciation, education expenses and some other things you can't file until late February early March," said Wesley.

Even for late filers the deadline remains the same April 15th

The IRS says the fastest way to get a refund is direct deposit and by filing electronically.

It could take up to three weeks.