The witching hour to file taxes without a late penalty fast approaches because state and federal forms must be postmarked before midnight April 15. …
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The witching hour to file taxes without a late penalty fast
approaches because state and federal forms must be postmarked
before midnight April 15. Sources, including the Internal Revenue
Service, have tips for last-minute tax filings.
However, some advice remains unchanged whether sending in the
return early or waiting until near the deadline to file.
Terry Larrington, who oversees the volunteers providing tax
preparation assistance at the Malley Senior Recreation Center in
Englewood each Friday, said all the volunteers advise the taxpayers
to bring all pertinent documents to the appointment.
“For example, we ask they bring last year’s taxes, their earning
information and other documents associated with deductions,” the
three-year veteran of the American Association of Retired Persons
said. “That helps us do the preparation quickly and correctly.”
He noted all the trained volunteers have their work checked and
the returns are filed electronically. The office received
verification whether or not the form is complete and accepted by
the next day. He noted now that the tax filing deadline is near,
all appointments are booked even though the volunteers prepare 32
to 40 returns a day.
The Internal Revenue Service put out a list of tips for those
who wait until near the deadline to file tax returns.
The list includes:
Speeding up acceptance of the return by filing electronically.
The IRS tips list notes that an error usually can be quickly
identified and corrected on returns filed electronically while it
takes much longer to correspond by mail.
Make sure to review the tax identification number listed on
previous returns. Also, be sure to write that number and the Social
Security number clearly because if the numbers are illegible, the
return won’t be accepted.
Double check all the figures to make sure the amount listed on
the earning statements or other documents are correctly copied to
the tax form.
Review all math calculations, and the taxpayer should double
check to make sure he or she used the correct tax table.
Be sure to sign and date the return. If it is a joint return,
both parties must sign and date the return. Also it will speed up
processing returns to have the IRS directly deposit a refund to the
taxpayer’s bank account.
Check all the instructions before sending in payments if taxes
Taxpayers who cannot file returns by the April 15 deadline can
follow the instructions to apply for an extension for filing a
return but the April 15 deadline to pay all taxes due remains
Tips and information about tax returns are available around the
clock and free of charge on the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov.
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