Late deadline means extra days to file taxes

  • Late deadline means extra days to file taxes

Late deadline means extra days to file taxes

Make sure to file your tax return by April 18 or request an extension, even if you can not pay all of what you owe on time, said Marshall Hunt, certified public accountant and director of tax policy for the Accounting Aid Society's tax assistance program in metro Detroit.

Luckily, Raphael Tulino of Internal Revenue Service is back with us to answer questions.

Setting aside money in a safe place (like a savings account) for expenses, both anticipated and unexpected, is a smart habit. To ensure you don't misplace them, add them to your other records.

In general, the best and fastest way to get your tax refund is to have it electronically deposited for free into your account through the IRS' direct deposit program.

The IRS urges taxpayers to avoid fly-by-night preparers who may not be available after April 18 and suggests checking the return preparer's qualifications and history.

If you suspect any issues regarding your tax return, please call the IRS directly at 800-908-4490. It's available exclusively at IRS.gov.

If you're considering using a paid tax preparer, make sure to check their credentials and experience. In fact, while filling out the extension form, you'll be asked to estimate how much tax you'll owe and pay it when you submit the form.

To find the closest VITA site, visit IRS.gov and search the word "VITA".

Doris Kelley, 65, operated a tax return preparation business out of her home. The suit also asks the court to order Draper to turn over a list of all taxpayers for whom she has prepared returns since January 1, 2013.

Make sure that you file your federal taxes on time.

The IRS notes a sharp decline in tax returns filed in the first half of this year's filing season. But the retired welder is on Social Security, bringing in an income below the threshold for filing a tax return at all. Let us know what helps you most by commenting below or on our Facebook page. Also, if anyone demands you make immediate payments using gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers, hang up the phone. Tax professionals are really busy at this time of year and you might have to file for an extension if you walk in at the last minute with a shoe box full of tax forms and receipts. Requesting an extension to file provides taxpayers an additional six months (until October 16) to prepare and file taxes.

Remember number 17: Check out Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, on the IRS website.

-Where do you go to file online?

Review your return: Don't rush.

These mistakes are completely avoidable, but sometimes in the last-minute rush, people overlook them. Fewer than 8,000 fraudulent returns were processed.