San Mateo, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 03, 2011

With just about six weeks left before the U.S. federal income tax filing deadline, now is the time for tax payers to finish gathering information and prepare to file taxes, said Jeff Staley, managing partner of Freedom Tax Relief, LLC.

Tax payers this year have a few extra days to file, until April 18, but now is not the time for complacency, Staley said. It is very important to plan ahead to manage any tax debt and be sure to claim any qualified tax benefits. Planning now also will allow tax payers to come up with a plan if they are having problems paying their tax bills.

Staley offered nine steps for tax payers to take now to prepare for income tax filing:

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