WHNT News 19’s 2017 Tax Action Line fields nearly 220 tax questions

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WHNT News 19 rang in a new tax season with our annual Tax Action Line on Thursday.

A dozen volunteers from the Alabama Society of CPAs (ASCPA) were on hand during the three-hour event to answer your questions. This year, our team of licensed CPAs answered nearly 220 phone calls and emails from viewers with tax questions.

We know this can be a stressful time of year, but take comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

“It’s the same for everybody,” said volunteer and licensed CPA Charles Hickman. “It is a complex system.”

From the recently married to the recently retired, folks all throughout the Tennessee Valley reached out for help.

“We always get a lot of questions about dependency exemptions, so there’s a $4,050 exemption that you get for each dependent and that can be either a child or a relative,” said Hickman.

Callers also asked about other claims, like service animals. Experts continue to see challenges with buying or selling a home, as well as the Affordable Health Care Act.

Concerns about fraud also continue this tax season. Ultimately, the sooner you file, the less likely you are to have your identity or your refund stolen.

“File as soon as you can,” warned Hickman.

Don’t forget to be on the look out for possible tax season scams. The IRS releases a list of the top 12 most common scams annually.

While the WHNT News 19 Tax Action Line is over, WHNT News 19 is still offering a free tax service to local working families throughout this tax season. The United Way of Madison County and UAH are sponsoring Impact Alabama’s SaveFirst Initiative. For more information, click here.

Here are some helpful links to use as you prepare your taxes:

DISCLAIMER: WHNT News 19 and the ASCPA are not responsible for tax advice provided. This is a free service and not intended to replace or substitute advice provided by your accountant or tax professional. Any tax advice included in this communication (including attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and it cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. Thank you.