Tax deadline: Things to know about filing taxes

Doris Richards
April 16, 2018

That includes the people who file extensions in April and the return later in the year.

The Lamesa post office has no plans to remain open later than usual on Tuesday, a spokesperson told the Lamesa Press-Reporter on Friday.

April 15 falls on Sunday this year and Monday is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington D.C. That gives taxpayers nationwide until April 17 to get the job done.

According to the IRS thousands of people have been scammed out of millions of dollars because of tricky tax scams, and with the tax deadline looming, scammers aren't letting up.

Believe it or not, the IRS maintains a list of individual tax preparers that the agency believes do not accurately file an adequate number of returns. The longer you wait to file, the longer it will take to get your tax refund.

Avoid a big tax refund: What's not to like about found money? You will owe interest on any amount not paid by the April 17 deadline, plus you may owe tax penalties.

Heidi Hutner, a writer and professor, likes to file her taxes as early as possible.

Use these tips as motivators to help you get your taxes done before it's too late. Accordingly, the IRS will not recognize any such arguments and assess a penalty of $5,000 for filing a frivolous return. Certain deadlines falling on or after December 4, 2017 and before April 30, 2018, may be granted additional time to file through April 30, 2018. According to the report, just under 100 people have reported these taxable events to the IRS out of the 250,000 most recent tax filers, just days ahead of the deadline to file. They said those instructions came from a co-owner of Fast Tax in Winston-Salem.

The IRS allows you to request an automatic six-month extension to file your return when you pay online. For more information, visit

On Tuesday, the IRS alerted consumers to a new email tax scam. Even a messy shoe box full of receipts can lead a tax preparer to find some hidden refund opportunities, so it's advantageous to consider itemizing if you have a home, kids, or a newly complicated tax situation.

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