GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - The deadline to file your taxes is just around the corner. This year, the last day is April 17th.
It's a daunting task done once a year, but filing your taxes is getting a little easier thanks to technology. E-filing and direct deposit also mean a shorter wait for refund checks.
CPA Lloyd Leuthner said there are still a lot of things to keep in mind when filling out your forms. For example, parents who use daycare services should qualify for a credit.
"The federal has had a daycare credit for some time," Leuthner explained. "but in Wisconsin, it's kind of a new thing. So if you're looking at last year's and then comparing it to this year's it would be very easy to miss."
There are also credits for things like long-term care insurance and parents with children in college.
"In general, Wisconsin never taxes Social Security," said Leuthner. "and if you're hand-calculating the return, you might forget to subtract that off."
Something important for people who shop online, not all websites charge a state sales tax on items sold. Leuthner said it's up to the consumer to make note in their taxes.
"Technically, the sales tax is due even though it's not collected," he explained. "They call it use tax if you fess up and pay it at the end."
Leuthner recommends keeping a file with receipts from internet purchases to refer back to. He also said it's important to have proper documentation, including receipts, just in case you face an audit.