Last Day to File is
Not April 15th This Year - Patriots Day and Weekend Moved Date Later -
File Online Programs and e-File Users Up
April 10th 2006
IRS 1040 Form
This year late filers are luck because the IRS has added two additional
days to the calendar for filing. The dreaded April 15th
deadline is April 17th this year because April 15th
falls on a Saturday. According to the IRS rules, filing and payment
deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday are moved to
the following business day. This year the District of Columbia, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont have until
April 18th to file because of Patriot’s Day.
There are a couple things you can do if you don’t have your paperwork in
order yet. First, you can file a form 4868 before April 17th.
This form will extend the filing period 6 months, until October 15th,
2006. According to the IRS, taxpayers do not need to sign the extension
request or provide an explanation for requesting an extension. It does
not extend the payment due date. You are still responsible for paying
your taxes by April 17th. So estimate what you owe and send
it in along with form 4868. Always read the instructions carefully on
these forms first.
There are various software programs available to help you file your
taxes. The two most popular programs are Tax Cut and Turbo Tax. The
IRS also offers a free method for filing your taxes online.
The number of people filing online has skyrocketed. The Clayton Daily
News reported that so far this tax filing season, 68 percent of all
returns have been e-filed, compared to 66 percent for the same period
last year. IRS commissioner, Mark W. Everson said “The increase in
e-filing is really being driven by people using their home computers.
E-file is the safe, accurate way for taxpayers to quickly finish their
taxes and get a refund.” Also, the error rate for electronic returns is
much lower as well.
There were 68.5 million returns filed using e-file last year. There
were a record number of visitors to the IRS website this year. There
were 90 million visits to IRS.gov this year, up from 84 million for the
same period last year, an increase of 7.1 percent.
By Dan Wilson
Books on Taxes
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