Have you filed your 2021 tax return?

The 2021 tax deadline is Monday, April 18, which allows two weeks to file a return. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there were over a million math mistakes on tax returns from 2020.

A local consultant, Matthew Burr, said filing in advance is a way to avoid mistakes and get the maximum return when filing a claim.

“If you hire an accountant or one of the companies just to make sure you have all your information, the documentation submitted on time, making sure it is postmarked on the date it is is supposed to, and again, if you owe money, write a check that you owe money for at this point,” Burr said.

The federal government has expanded the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit, but, according to a tax expert, more than 1 in 5 Americans don’t know they qualify for these credits or how. claim them, resulting in billions of unclaimed dollars. profits every year.

“I don’t know the stats off the top, but I think there’s probably a lot of society that’s not claiming everything they might be able to do,” Burr said. “Again, not knowing or not knowing how to make the deductions; and again, that’s why I’m hiring an accountant to take care of all my information at this point,” he added.

There are resources to help you if you need them with getyourrefund.org or by calling 2-1-1 to identify local free tax preparation sites before you file your tax return.

Burr said with inflation and the rising cost of things, people should try to save up or pay off debt with their tax refund.