First Time Filing a Tax Return? - YouTube video text script

HI, I’M RISA… AND I WORK FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.
     IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME FILING A FEDERAL TAX RETURN… IT MAY SEEM OVERWHELMING.
     BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE.      
     ESPECIALLY IF YOU USE I-R-S FREE FILE.  
     WITH FREE FILE… YOU COULD GET ACCESS TO TAX PREPARATION SOFTWARE AND ELECTRONIC FILING… FREE OF CHARGE THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE I-R-S AND TAX SOFTWARE COMPANIES.
     TO GET STARTED… VISIT I-R-S-DOT-GOV-SLASH FREE FILE TO SEE A LIST OF CHOICES.
     NOW YOU PROBABLY RECEIVED FORMS SUCH AS THE W-2 OR 1099… OR BOTH.
     TAX SOFTWARE… LIKE FREE FILE… WILL PROMPT YOU TO ENTER THE INFORMATION FROM THESE FORMS TO COMPLETE YOUR TAX RETURN.
     IF YOU’RE A STUDENT… THE SOFTWARE WILL ASK YOU TO ENTER TUITION AND FEES INFORMATION FROM FORMS LIKE THE 1098-T AND THEN SEE IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY TAX BENEFITS. 
     FREE FILE IS OFFERED EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE I-R-S WEBSITE.
     THE GREAT THING ABOUT FREE FILE IS IT WILL DO THE MATH FOR YOU.
     IT WILL HELP YOU AVOID ERRORS.
     AND IT WILL FIND ALL THE CREDITS AND DEDUCTIONS YOU’RE ELIGIBLE FOR.
     ON THE OTHER HAND… IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN I-R-S TRAINED VOLUNTEER HELP YOU PREPARE AND E-FILE YOUR TAX RETURN… CHECK OUT THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
     GO TO I-R-S-DOT-GOV-SLASH-VITA TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY AND TO FIND THE LOCATION OF A VITA SITE NEAR YOU.
          IF YOU WANT TO HIRE A TAX PROFESSIONALTO COMPLETE YOUR TAX RETURN… MAKE SURE YOU PICK SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST.
     YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INFORMATION ON YOUR TAX RETURN NO MATTER WHO FILES IT FOR YOU.
     YOU CAN SEARCH TIPS FOR CHOOSING A TAX PROFESSIONAL AND AVOIDING RETURN PREPARER SCAMS AT I-R-S-DOT-GOV-SLASH-CHOOSE-A-TAX-PRO.
     NO MATTER WHICH METHOD YOU CHOOSE TO PREPARE YOUR TAX RETURN… E-FILE IS THE BEST WAY TO FILE AN ACCURATE TAX RETURN.
     AND COMBINING E-FILE WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET YOUR REFUND.
     YOU CAN CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR REFUND BY USING THE “WHERE’S MY REFUND” TOOL AT I-R-S-DOT-GOV OR ON THE I-R-S-2-GO MOBILE APP.
         IF… ON THE OTHER HAND… YOU OWE ADDITIONAL TAXES WHEN YOU FILE… YOU CAN MAKE A PAYMENT USING I-R-S DIRECT PAY.
      GO TO I-R-S-DOT-GOV-SLASH-PAYMENTS.
     PAY WHAT YOU OWE BY THE APRIL DEADLINE TO AVOID PENALTIES AND INTEREST.
     AND WHILE YOU CAN GET AN AUTOMATIC SIX-MONTH EXTENSION TO FILE YOUR TAX RETURN IF YOU NEED MORE TIME…THIS IS NOT AN EXTENSION TO PAY ANY TAXES YOU OWE. 
     FINALLY… REMEMBER TO PROTECT YOUR SENSITIVE PERSONAL FINANCIAL DATA AND BEWARE OF TAX SCAMS.
     IF THE I-R-S NEEDS TO CONTACT YOU AFTER YOU FILE YOUR TAX RETURN… YOU WILL PROBABLY RECEIVE A NOTICE IN THE MAIL FIRST.
     SCAM ARTISTS OFTEN IMPERSONATE THE I-R-S BY PHONE… EMAIL… AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO TRY TO STEAL INFORMATION… SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS… BANK ACCOUNT NUMBERS… OR CREDIT CARD NUMBERS.
     BE CAREFUL… AND GET TO KNOW ALL THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU AT I-R-S-DOT-GOV.