If you have filed California taxes using CalFile (or its predecessor ReadyReturn), you probably appreciated the convenience of what's known as return-free filing. Simply put, your tax information pre-populates into the return for you, to be submitted as is or amended.
Federal tax returns are due in about a week. If you've been putting off preparing yours, you're certainly not alone. Many Americans wait until the last minute - which has become easier to do with the plethora of e-filing options now available.
If you are young and feel completely in the dark about taxes, you are not alone. Each generation struggles to become financially literate once they leave school and enter the workforce. And as time goes on, the U.S. tax code becomes ever longer and more complicated.