Alabama tax preparers offer tips

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Decatur accountant Emmitt Goode expects his phone will ring "off the hook" beginning April 1 as people scramble to make appointments and ask questions about their income tax returns.

Taxes are due at the Internal Revenue Service by April 15. Goode, owner of Goode Tax Service in Decatur, tells The Decatur Daily (http://bit.ly/XE8Jo7) that the most important advice he offers taxpayers is to avoid procrastination and get organized before filing.

Last year, the Alabama Department of Revenue processed more than 1.8 million individual tax returns and issued about $519 million in refunds. The agency reports more than 1.3 million Alabama residents filed their taxes electronically in 2012.

For the first time, Alabama taxpayers can get their refunds on a prepaid VISA debit card instead of a direct deposit or check by mail.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml



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