IRS offers tax tips to help prepare returns

The Internal Revenue Service has a special series of daily Tax Tips which started in late January to help people prepare their tax returns.

More than 60 IRS Tax Tips will be available through a free email subscription or by visiting

The tips, one available each business day through the April 15 tax deadline, offer single-topic briefs on tax topics affecting millions of people.

The easy-to-read tips cover a wide range of topics to help people with the 2014 filing season, which begins Jan. 31.

Many tips offer information on money-saving tax credits and deductions that can be easy to overlook and could affect your refund.

Topics for 2014 include:

• How to avoid tax scams

• Help available through

• Who can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit

• Free File

• Free volunteer tax help

• Fastest and safest way to get your refund

• How to choose a tax preparer

• Tax help ‘en Español’

• Tax return errors that slow down your refund

• The home office deduction

• Education tax credits

• Helpful tips for paying your taxes

You can receive the Tax Tips automatically each day via email by signing up for a free service on From the Subscriptions page, choose the “Tax Tips” drop-down menu, then click on “Subscribe.”

In addition to more than 60 filing season tips, several special edition tax tips will be available on the IRS website.