What to Know Before Filing Your 2017 Tax Return

Join our #CreditChat on Periscope, YouTube Live, Twitter, and Snapchat every Wednesday at 3 p.m ET. This week, we  discussed what to know before filing your 2018 tax return.

The panel will include: Dr. Sean Stein Smith: CPA, CGMA, Assistant Professor at Lehman College (CUNY), columnist, and member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission; Shannon McNay: Personal Finance Freelance Writer ; Rod Griffin: Director of Public Education at Experian; and Christina Roman: Social Media Specialist at Experian.

We also featured financial tips all week on Snapchat.

Moments from our tweet chat. 

Questions We Discussed:

  • Q1: What are your top tips for anyone who is procrastinating filing their taxes? What’s the deadline?
  • Q2: Are there any ways people can still reduce their tax bill for the 2017 year?
  • Q3: Where can people go to learn about the deductions or credits they may qualify for?
  • Q4: What tips do you have for first-time tax filers?
  • Q5: What paperwork should you have prepared if you were self-employed in 2017? Do you have to report money you made under the table?
  • Q6: Should you file your tax return if you can’t afford to pay your tax bill? What options are available?
  • Q7: What happens if you miss the tax filing deadline?
  • Q8: Planning ahead for 2018, are there any changes people should know about and prepare for next year’s filing?
  • Q9: Also looking ahead, what are some common practices that can help reduce your taxes?
  • Q10: Any final tips for someone getting ready to file their taxes?


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