Shenandoah Valley tax preparer advises getting a head start on filing your taxes

Shenandoah Valley tax preparer advises getting a head start on filing your taxes
(Source: Darylann Elmi)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Now that a new year has begun, some may already be thinking about tax season. A valley tax preparer is advising people to get a head start.

Larry Skillman is the owner of the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service locations in Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

Skillman said they have seen a lot of interest already in filing taxes for 2020.

April 15, 2021, is the current deadline to have your federal taxes filed, but Skillman says that date is subject to change from the pandemic.

He advises filing taxes early to get them on the record.

“Certainly we want people to come early, wherever they go. We encourage them to get in and get their taxes filed as soon as they can, and just hope they have a safe year,” Skillman said.

He said you can get prepared by gathering all of your tax information before you file.

Skillman said a brand new program is rolling out this year to help those feeling the financial impact of the pandemic. People who file will have the option to “look-back” at their 2019 earned income (unemployment does not count toward your earned income.) If it is more beneficial to use that number for your taxes this year, you can use those for your earned income credits.

For more information, contact your tax preparer.

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