Don’t Let Tax Filing Season Get the Best of You

The April 15 deadline to file your 2018 tax returns will be here before you know it. If you’re like many Americans, hearing the phrase “tax season” can induce stress—and for good reason. Filing your taxes can be confusing, but, with the help of a tax professional, it doesn’t have to be. In addition to contacting a certified tax professional, review the following information.

How to File

Many people elect to file their tax returns electronically. This can be done in a variety of ways, including using tax-preparation software, consulting a tax return professional or using the IRS’ Free File software, if you qualify.

Forms to Include

If you are filing with a paper form, there are certain documents you must be sure to include. Required forms include the following:

  • A copy of your W-2 for each of your employers over the last calendar year
  • A copy of Form W-2C (a corrected W-2 form), if received from your employer
  • A copy of Forms W-2G and 1099-R, if federal income tax was withheld

Next Steps

Remember, tax filing doesn’t have to be stressful. Don’t wait until the last minute to start preparing. For more information on how to file, what forms to include, credits you qualify for or any other filing-related questions, please visit the IRS’ Interactive Tax Assistant tool.

Source: IRS

Don’t Forget About Indoor Air Pollution

Americans spend 90 percent of their lives indoors, where the air is 2-5x more polluted than outdoor air.

The most common pollutants are: 

Airborne Particles     Indoor formaldehyde     Household gases     Ozone

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 365
Total Fat 6 g
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrates 61 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Sodium 558 mg
Total Sugars 8 g

Source: USDA

Pasta Primavera Salad


  • 12 ounces whole-grain pasta
  • 1 package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 package dry vegetable soup mix
  • 1 cup low-fat salad dressing (unsalted)
  • ½ cup reduced-fat cheese (shredded)
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs (sliced)


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse in cold water to stop cooking and prevent sticking. Drain.
  2. Cook vegetables until just tender. Drain and cool.
  3. Combine cold pasta, vegetables, envelope of soup mix and salad dressing.
  4. Top with sliced eggs and cheese.
  5. Refrigerate until time to serve.

Makes: 6 servings

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This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.