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For some investors, IRAs may be long-term, hands-off investment vehicles. That doesn’t mean you should ignore them completely. This year, give a little love to your IRA and make sure…

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Preparing a tax return is not most people's idea of a good time. As a result, we tend to procrastinate and wait until the last minute to file our returns. However, there are good reasons to start preparing your tax return as soon as you have all the necessary documents:

1. Reduce the Chance of Tax Identity Theft and Fraud – By filing as early as possible, you can reduce the chances of a thief filing a fraudulent return in your name. Greg McBride, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Analyst for Bankrate.com, calls tax ID fraud "a massive headache for people" and refers to the practice as "…one that people too often don't find out about until after the fact. They go to file their tax return and it gets rejected because a return's already been filed under their Social Security number."

Confirms Betterment Head of Tax Eric Bronnenkant, "The sooner that you file, the less...

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Early Birds Should Be Careful

Have you been waiting patiently to file your taxes? If so, you're in luck. This tax season is now underway. February 12th, 2021, was the first day that the IRS would accept tax returns for the 2020 tax year, either electronic or paper copies. (You can mail in paper copies at any time, but they won't be processed until the tax season kickoff date set by the IRS.)

Why file your taxes early? A better question is: Why leave taxes hanging over your head until April and then spend a stressful week trying to complete your return? In addition, filing early can thwart any identity thieves trying to file a false return in your name – and if you have a tax refund coming, why wouldn't you want to get it as soon as possible?

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