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The Tax Files

Think you're due a refund? Then get to work on preparing that return.

This story appears in the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

Taxes in February? You bet. It's the optimum time to file-if you're due a refund. The IRS is less busy now, so rebates are expedited. And the sooner you get what's coming to you, the sooner you can put that money to work. So why wait?

Even if you expect to owe taxes, it's not too soon to prepare your returns-it will help you and your accountant when he or she is bogged down in the March/April rush. But if you do owe, hang on to the forms and your payment until the deadline (this year, Monday, April 16). Keep that money working for you.

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