Last-minute tax filing tips

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MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 22: A copy of a IRS 1040 tax form is seen at an H&R Block office on the day President Donald Trump signed the Republican tax cut bill in Washington, DC on December 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Kathy Pickering, vice president of regulatory affairs and executive director of The Tax […]

Even though people got an extra two days to file taxes this year, some still procrastinated. If that’s you, here are some ways you can still meet the deadline, which is midnight April 17:

File online

People can use various online tax filing programs, such as TurboTax or H&R Block. The IRS also has a free tax-filing tool for those with income below $66,000.

Head to a post office before it closes

If you decide to go the traditional route, head to a post office before it closes and drop off your tax forms. They need to be postmarked by April 17. The latest United States Postal Service offices close in Austin is 5:30 p.m., but others close earlier, so be sure to check those hours. Beware if you just drop off your returns in the mailbox — if you do so after your mail carrier has already come and gone, your tax return won’t be postmarked on time.

File an extension

If you just didn’t have enough time to gather your tax information, you can file an extension and get an extra six months to file your taxes. You can file the extension for free online at the IRS website, or print it out and send it by April 17.

Some people with special circumstances are automatically given an extension, including victims of natural disasters, members of the military in combat zones and those living outside the U.S. 

However, even though you can file an extension to get more time to send in your tax forms, you still must pay the IRS if you owe anything by April 17. The IRS has an online calculator to help you estimate your payment.

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