It's Tax Time Again, Are You Ready?
Are you among the many people who only think about taxes as the April 15th deadline approaches? Tax time is right around the corner; why not start planning and organizing now?

The IRS has set up several web pages on its website to address frequently asked questions and to provide updated tax law information that may help you plan more effectively before your tax return is due. This year, the IRS has issued Publication 17 as a comprehensive guide to assist you in preparing your personal taxes. It contains updated tax laws as well as instructions on the standard forms that are used when completing your personal tax returns. To find out what is new this tax year, visit 1040 Central.

If you were a victim of a natural disaster this year there is a unique section calledTax Relief,which may extend deadlines and help taxpayers with losses receive faster refunds. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes.

If you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you face some special tax situations and are entitled to some special tax benefits. To review the new tax laws visit Tax Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

To review some of the other benefits that are available from the IRS, please visit:

Tax Relief for Divorced or Separated Individuals
The purpose of the program is to reduce federal taxes for divorced or separated individuals. For more information, visit the Tax Relief for Divorced or Separated Individuals Program.

Child Tax Credit
The Child Tax Credit program can reduce the federal tax you owe by $600 for each qualifying child under the age of 17. For more information, visit the Child Tax Credit Program.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The VITA program offers free tax help to people who cannot afford professional assistance. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, many sites also offer free electronic filing (e-filing). Volunteers help prepare basic tax returns for taxpayers with low-to-moderate incomes. Assistance is provided at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. For more information, visit the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program(VITA).