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Your 2018 Tax Filing: Tips & Resources

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The deadline for filing 2018 federal tax returns is April 15th. (April 17th if you live in Maine or Massachusetts.)

Tax Forms and Important Dates

On February 15, Raymond James began sending 1099 forms to clients with investment assets in taxable (non-retirement) accounts. Due to delays caused by specific holdings and other complexities, some finalized 1099s may not be sent before the end of March.

Unfortunately, 1099 delays and amended 1099s are an inconvenient reality that we must remind clients about each year. Because of the potential for delays and amendments, we urge you to wait until April to complete your tax filing or file for an extension. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get started with your tax preparer, but only that the actual filing should be put off to avoid the potential hassle and extra expense of processing and filing an amended return.

You can find a timeline for the delivery of various tax documents and instructions for importing and exporting tax reporting data on the Raymond James Tax Year 2018 Resources page.

Choosing Online Access

You might prefer to obtain your tax documents online through Client Access. If you’re already using Client Access, go to your Account Services screen to choose paperless delivery of your tax reports and other documents. You can click here to enroll in Client Access.

With the online delivery option, your Raymond James tax documents are securely stored and easy to find and print. You should receive an email each time a new document is available.

Remain Vigilant at Tax Time and Always

The work of cyber criminals never stops evolving. At tax time and year-round, you should take steps to protect your devices and your identity. Be sure that you know the signs of identity theft, and stay abreast of the latest scams and fraud tactics. The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams list from the IRS is a good place to start.

Tax Reform

If you’d like to learn more about the impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), you can visit the IRS Resources for Tax Law Changes page.

We’re Here for You

Everyone at TGS Financial is accustomed to collaborating with the various professionals on our clients’ financial teams. Many of our clients have given TGS advisors and their CPAs permission to communicate directly on their behalf. Please do not hesitate to reach out to TGS Financial should you or your tax preparer have questions this tax season.

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