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Tax professionals staying busy this tax season

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "We train year-round for this," said Jennifer Primm at H&R Block.    

Fielding questions is a way of life during tax time for these tax professionals.  A team of tax professionals took questions from callers during a tax time phone bank in the Region 8 studios Tuesday night.

One of the most commonly asked questions was do I have to file a tax return?

"There are certain types of income that are not taxable.   If you have social security alone and absolutely nothing else, then you do not have to file a tax return," said Primm.

Primm says if you get a letter from the IRS or state, don't wait to respond or ignore it--the letters won't stop coming. She says if you feel like you are paying Uncle Sam too much or not getting enough back, it may be worth having another set of eyes looking it over.

"We'd need to look and see what their W-4 is listed at work. Whether it's single, married at single rate or all of the choices you get.   A lot of times when you're filling those out, if you're not a tax professional you don't quite know what you need to be listing," said Primm.

Primm says they are also seeing people who have already filed online, but aren't comfortable with the results.

"We ended up getting her another 35 hundred plus dollars.   The problem was she had already filed it.   Now, she has to do a mail in amended return and those take longer," said Primm.

Primm says visiting a tax pro could ultimately save you time and money, but you don't just have to wait until tax time to make that appointment with a tax professional.

"There's a lot that can happen between May and December and we know how it's going to affect you on your taxes.   If you would ask first before making major decisions of how it's going to affect me on my taxes, then 9 times out of 10 you will get a little bit better news during tax season then you would otherwise," said Primm.

For more information, you can contact Jennifer Primm at jennifer.primm@taxinfo.hrblock.com or go to their website.  To get to their website, click the link associated with this story at the top of the page. 

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