Online Income Tax Filing Tips

As we move into April, tax deadlines are on the horizon. Since getting taxes prepared is pretty low on most people’s list of things to do, you might need some last minute tips.

First and foremost, you have a couple extra days to file this year. The usual April 15th deadline falls on a Saturday this year. As a result, the tax filing deadline is now the following Monday, April 17th.

Preparing tax returns is a complex matter. If you don’t believe me, just try reading one set of instructions kicked out by the IRS. Instead of doing a sloppy preparation, you might want to get more time. 4868 is the form you need to file.

To the surprise of many, the IRS has a pretty lax attitude towards April 15th. It gives extensions without a problem. In fact, just filing form 4868 will get you an automatic extension until October to get your return in.

Taxpayers often misunderstand tax filing extensions. The extension only applies to the actual filing of the tax return. Unfortunately, it does not require to the payment of money. The IRS wants its cash now, so you need to pay something if you think you will owe.

Nothing is worse then preparing your return and then realizing you don’t have enough money to pay the amount due. This leads to quandary and massive headache. Is there any potential relief?

The steps taken by most people is, well, to take no steps at all. They simply don’t file in hopes that they can do so later when they have the cash to pay. This is not the best of ideas.

Not filing a tax return sends up red flags at the IRS. To avoid this, you should file regardless of whether you can cover the amount due. Send in your return as well as the amount you can pay. The IRS will then set you up on a payment plan.

You are probably wondering what the difference is between the approaches. Ultimately, the second approach saves you money. Why? Well, the interest and penalties you pay will be based on a smaller outstanding debt because you sent at least some money in.

If you are ready to pay your tax liability, there are a couple of ways. You can pay by check as has always been the case. You can also pay by credit card by going to officialpayment[dot]com. You will pay a service fee for using the online system.

Many people are happy to learn they are actually due a refund on their taxes. If you fall into this group, you might want to know when the heavenly money will be coming.