Don’t Panic If You Missed The Tax Deadline
If you missed the April 15th tax deadline to file your return, don’t panic. Here’s some sound advice for getting caught up with your taxes:
- File as soon as you can. If you owe taxes, you should file and pay as soon as you can. This will help minimize interest and penalty charges. It’s important to note that there is no penalty for filing a late return if you are due a refund. If you are unsure about whether you owe or have a refund, what are you waiting for? Find out today by getting your return prepared.
- Pay as much as you can. If you owe tax but can’t pay it all at once, try to pay as much as you can when you file your tax return. Pay the remaining balance as soon as possible to stop further penalties and interest.
- E-file is still available. Tax Samaritan can electronically file your return through Oct. 15. E-file is the easiest, safest and most accurate way to file your taxes. With e-file you receive confirmation that the IRS received your tax return. If you e-file and choose direct deposit of your refund, you’ll normally get it within 21 days.
- Make a payment agreement online. If you need more time to pay your taxes, Tax Samaritan can help you apply for a payment plan with the IRS. As part of your tax filing, we can prepare an installment payment request to help establish a manageable plan for paying the tax that is owed.
- A refund may be waiting. If you’re due a refund, you should file as soon as possible to get it. Even if you are not required to file, you may still get a refund. This could apply if you had taxes withheld from your wages or you qualify for certain tax credits. If you don’t file your return within three years, you could forfeit your right to the refund.
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