Tax season starts today

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(WSPA) — It’s time to file your taxes.

The 2019 individual income tax season opens Monday, Jan. 28. 

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) says it’s best to file online, noting the process is faster, safer and more accurate. The SCDOR found nearly 90 percent of South Carolina residents filed electronically in 2018.

As a South Carolinian, you could be eligible to file for free using tax preparation software online. Click here to view filing options.

Congress passed 600 new rule changes under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will affect how you file.  

This tax season, most parents of young children and teens can tap into the child tax credit on their 2018 federal income tax returns, which is a plus, if they weren’t able to use that credit in the past.

All individual taxpayers will now use the same 1040 simple form, this replaces the old 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. 

Some past tax exemptions and reimbursements may have changed or been done away with altogether. So it’s best to check what does and does not qualify. 

Be sure you have all of your  W2s, 1099s, and other withholding information before filing. If not, your year-end pay stub information won’t match what your employer reports to the SCDOR. When the information you provide does not match your employer’s information, it slows down your return and refund.

Once you do file, the department says your return and refund should arrive in six to eight weeks. You’ll be able to check your refund status online, click here to learn more

The deadline to file taxes is Monday, April 15.

Click or tap here for more information, including how to get an extension. 

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