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Tax Day is Tuesday: 10 Last-Minute Tax Filing Tips

The tax deadline is April 17. Ten tips to help you make the deadline and get your return right.

The tax-filing deadline is April 17, but you must have your tax returns postmarked and in the mail by April 16.

The IRS has 10 tips to help taxpayers still working on their tax returns. 

File electronically

Most taxpayers file electronically. The IRS has processed more than 1 billion individual tax returns safely and securely since the nationwide debut of electronic filing in 1990. In fact, 112 million people—77 percent of all individual taxpayers—used IRS e-file last year.

Double-check your figures

If you are filing a paper return, double-check that you have correctly figured the refund or balance due.

Check the tax tables

If you e-file, the software will do this for you. If you are using Free File Fillable Forms or a paper return, double-check that you used the right figure from the tax table for your filing status.

Sign your form

You must sign and date your return. Both spouses must sign a joint return, even if only one had income. Anyone paid to prepare a return must also sign it and enter their Preparer Tax Identification Number.

Send your return to the right address

If you are mailing a return, find the correct mailing address at www.irs.gov. Click the Individuals tab and the “Where to File” link under IRS Resources on the left side.

Pay electronically

Electronic payment options are convenient, safe and secure methods for paying taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, or use a credit or a debit card. For more information on electronic payment options, visit www.irs.gov.

Follow instructions when mailing a payment

People sending a payment should make the check payable to the “United States Treasury” and should enclose it with, but not attach it to, the tax return or the Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher, if used. The check should include the Social Security number of the person listed first on the return, daytime phone number, the tax year and the type of form filed.

File or request an extension to file on time

By the April 17 due date, you should either file a return or request an extension of time to file. Remember, the extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay.

Check the identification numbers

Carefully check identification numbers—usually Social Security numbers—for each person listed. This includes you, your spouse, dependents and persons listed in relation to claims for the Child and Dependent Care Credit or Earned Income Tax Credit. Missing, incorrect or illegible Social Security numbers can delay or reduce a tax refund.

Visit IRS.gov

Forms, publications and helpful information on a variety of tax subjects are available at www.irs.gov.

 

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