With tax-filing deadline nearing, IRS says about 50 million still need to file
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WASHINGTON – With the April tax-filing deadline just days away, the Internal Revenue Service reminds the 50 million taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns that there are a variety of options to help them in the final days of tax-filing season.
About 153 million individual tax returns for the 2018 tax year are expected to be filed during 2019, with millions expected just before the April tax deadline. The deadline to file 2018 individual tax returns and pay taxes owed is Monday, April 15, 2019, for most taxpayers. Because of local holidays, the deadline for taxpayers living in Maine or Massachusetts is April 17, 2019.
IRS tax help is available anytime on IRS.gov. Whether filing a tax return, requesting an extension or making a payment, the IRS website can help last-minute filers on just about everything related to filing taxes.
Information about free e-file options, such as IRS FreeFile, how to request an automatic six-month filing extension or fast, secure ways to pay any tax due using IRS Direct Pay are available online at IRS.gov.
The busiest part of tax season begins this week, with millions of people planning to file. By April 5, the IRS had received more than 103 million tax returns and issued almost 78 million tax refunds totaling $220.8 billion. The average refund to date is $2,833.
Additional filing season numbers:
Tax preparation help
Individual taxpayers have several options for filing their tax returns electronically and many are free:
Get an extension
The IRS offers extra time to file, automatically, to all taxpayers requesting it. A filing extension allows taxpayers until Oct. 15 to gather, prepare and file their taxes with the IRS. However, it does not extend the time to pay any tax due.
Applying for an extension of time to file is easy – and free. Individual tax filers can e-file their extension form for free using Free File. They can also get an extension by paying an estimate of their income tax due and indicate that the payment is for an extension using Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or a credit or debit card. This way taxpayers won’t have to file a separate extension form and they will receive a confirmation number for their records.
Taxpayers can also request an extension through a paid tax preparer, tax-preparation software or by mailing a paper Form 4868. If mailing a Form 4868, the form must be mailed to the IRS with a postmark on or before the April tax-filing deadline.
Make a payment
When paying taxes this year keep in mind:
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