IRS recommends e-filing to avoid errors, requesting extension if needed

IRS recommends e-filing to avoid errors, requesting extension if needed

If you file for a tax extension, your tax filing deadline will be October 15 - but your estimated taxes, again, are still due on Tax Day.

"If you haven't already filed, don't rush", IRS spokesman Michael Devine said. And that gives everybody an additional day to file their taxes, he said.

This is easy for folks with one salaried income, but if you have multiple sources, such as freelance work or investments, don't forget to list everything.

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is again offering tax return preparation provided by Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteers at the Decatur Public Library at 504 Cherry Street N.E. The volunteers are IRS-certified. A failure-to-pay penalty is a half-percent per month of the unpaid taxes.

Demand that taxpayers use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. In the meantime, may the 2018 tax filing season rest in peace. "If you file by paper it can be upwards of a month and beyond", said California State Controller Betty Yee.

The United States Treasury Department has been intercepting the tax refunds of people who received over-payments of government benefits in the past.

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Unfortunately, there are many taxpayers who have difficulty in getting their tax refunds after completing their returns formalities.

We hear from residents or workers that they've gotten a notification from treasury years later. "On the other hand, as long as you have money in your account, owing tax at the end of the year isn't that bad - it means you've had more money throughout the year to do with it what you want". That way, they can avoid late-filing penalties. Often, IRS enforcement officers can determine whether a foreign company has established itself within USA borders for the goal of conducting business simply by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab on the company's website. "We estimate 1.8 million income tax returns this year from both paper and electronic filers". If the return is filed on May 1, the penalty will be another $50. The failure to file penalty is ten times larger than the failure to pay penalty.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service's after hours operations that day are limited to dropping off mailings - you can't buy postage after regular hours, nor obtain any service that requires communicating with a postal clerk.

"They try to sound like they're legitimately the IRS by giving you all this information that makes it sound like only the IRS would know and then they hit you with the panic button, which gets your rational brain to stop thinking", Garcia said.

To get local post office hours, Fetterly suggested that customers go to usps.com, click on the "mail and ship" option, and scroll to the last selection, USPS locations, and enter your zip code.

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