By Evan Vitale
As we continue to get closer and closer to the deadline for filing local, county, state and federal tax returns, here are a few final tips for you to take into consideration:
– Remember, federal tax returns need to be filed by Monday, April 18, 2016. This gives you a few extra days than the normal April 15 deadline that you might be used to in previous years.
– Do not wait until the last minute to file. Inevitably, something will go wrong if you do. Your tax return software won’t work; you might have trouble downloading tax forms (because everyone else is doing it at the same time), etc. Plan to start as soon as possible.
– If you’re a small business owner, you should already have a handle on things and are in touch with your accountant/CPA in getting returns filed on time. Now would be a great time to get in touch with them to see if there’s anything else they need for you in order to assist them in getting everything completed on time and returned to you for your review and signatures.
– Make sure you have all of the necessary tax forms you need in order to file your returns on time. You can visit https://www.irs.gov to download federal forms. Note: The U.S. Post Office doesn’t offer tax return forms. You’ll also need to obtain any forms necessary so you can file your local, county and state returns. Again, don’t wait until the last minute as some of these forms may not be available for you to download online.
– Filing an extension does not extend the deadline for you to pay any taxes due. It only means you can file your federal return at a later day. Any taxes that are due need to be paid before or on April 18, 2016.