Tax season can be a stressful time of year for many Americans, especially those who are unsure about deadlines and requirements. With April 15th inching closer, it’s important to know what you need to do in order to file your taxes correctly and avoid penalties. In this article, we’ll cover some key information about tax deadlines and provide tips on how to complete your taxes efficiently.
Tax Deadline Basics: What You Need to Know
To start off, let’s review some basic deadlines related to filing taxes.
- April 15: This is traditionally known as Tax Day in the United States, which means that personal income tax returns are due by this date.
- May 17: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an extension for federal income tax filings until May 17, 2021.
- June 15: If you live outside the US or serve in military combat zones outside of the country, you have until this date to file your federal taxes.
It’s important for taxpayers not miss these dates if they want their returns considered on time.
Getting Organized: Tips for Efficiently Preparing Your Taxes
With these deadline dates looming upon taxpayers’ mindsets it is imperative they get organized so as not to miss them but also make the process more efficient overall. Here are some tips that may help:
Gather All Necessary Documents
Before starting preparation work one should gather all necessary financial documents like:
– W2s or any other proof of income
– Tuition expenses paid
– Mortgage interest paid
Utilize Online Services To Prepare Your Return
Online services like Turbo Tax offer assistance with preparing both state/federal return(s). They usually prompt users with questions pertinent data pertaining one’s finances before guessing figures required too much harder inputs.
Review Before Submitting Completed Returns
It is important to check all data entered before submitting returns. Incorrect data will lead to one’s refund being delayed or rejected entirely.
Conclusion: Be Prepared and Have Some Time to Spare
In conclusion, while the extension of the tax deadline may seem like a relief it still means that taxpayers have to take care of their financial documentation as soon as possible; May 17th will be here sooner than you think. It’s crucial for everyone filing taxes this season to know about these deadlines and ensure they complete their filings accurately and efficiently in order avoid any sort of penalties or fees.
Q: Can I file my taxes on the 18th?
A: April 18 is usually the deadline to file your federal income tax return each year. If you miss this deadline, you may face penalties and interest on any amount owed. However, if April 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Q: What if I need more time to file my taxes after April 18?
A: If you can’t meet the filing deadline, you can request a six-month extension by submitting IRS Form 4868 before April 18. This will give you until October 15 to file your tax return without incurring late-filing penalties.
Q: What happens if I don’t file my taxes by the deadline or apply for an extension?
A: If you don’t file your tax return by the due date (including extensions), and owe taxes along with it, there will be a penalty charged at around five percent of your unpaid balance per month up to a maximum of twenty-five percent. You must still pay all of your outstanding tax bill in full even though an approved extension might have allowed additional time to prepare and gather information for filing purposes.