SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP – If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, the deadline is quickly approaching.
If you have last minute questions, the IRS is one of the places that might be able to help you.
You’ve probably noticed the filing deadline is a few days later this year, falling on Tuesday, April 19th instead of April 15th. That means you also have until Tuesday to file State income tax returns.
If you’re one of the last minute tax filers this year, we have a few tips to make the process easier.
- It might be a good idea to file electronically. This is a good way to cut back on making any mistakes. Tax software typically tells you if you’re missing information, or made any errors.
- Paper filers might want to double check their turns to make sure they’re easy to read. If you’re requesting a direct deposit, make sure the routing and account numbers are entered correctly.
- Keep in mind, the IRS building on Main Street in Springfield can answer certain tax related questions for you. They’re open from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday,
If you can’t meet Tuesday’s deadline, you can still request an extension.
If you need extra time, you can fill out Form 4868, to request an extension. If the IRS accepts your request, you’ll get an extra 6 months to file your taxes.
Keep in mind even with an extension, you’re still required to pay what you owe by midnight on Tuesday. If you miss the deadline, you could end up facing a penalty
If you owe back taxes this year, you can use the state’s tax amnesty program to avoid penalties. The program will give you a chance to catch up if you owe back taxes, failed to file your taxes, or underreported your earnings.
But keep in mind you’ll still be required to pay your back taxes if you take advantage of this program.