For most students, taxes aren't a huge problem until they reach college. Once we're forced to live alone and pay for everything ourselves, each task seems insurmountable--especially taxes. Research is very important when preparing to pay taxes. Many people who have been filing taxes for years still have problems when they are filing taxes, so don't expect to be a tax guru within a few days.
Filing taxes can be difficult and complicated, but there are a few things that you can do to make it a little easier on yourself. One thing that many students don't do is to file for a tax return. It is not mandatory, and many students choose not to do it because they don't think they make enough money to file for a tax return, but if you've had money withheld from checks, then you will get a refund. Also, it would not be smart to wait until the last minute file your taxes. Make sure you allow time for researching, filing, and double checking.
To minimize errors when filing taxes, some tax payers choose to file taxes by hand, then electronically. Keep in mind, this isn't the fastest way to file taxes but some people choose to do it so that they can fix out the bugs on the paperwork before they file them on the computer.
There is also a way students can get tax deductions. Tax credits and deductions are ways students can reduce the amount that they owe. There are three major credits and deductions available: the Hope Scholarship Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the Higher education expenses deduction. Many students don't realize that these are available to them, or just don't want to take the time to look into them.
The most important tip that I can give to students on filing taxes is to ask for your parents help. They have been filing taxes for years and they can probably help more than anything you can find on the internet can. A part of being independent is asking for help when you need it and chances are, you'll need it.