Consumer Watch: Tax Day Countdown

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The clock is ticking toward Tax Day and if you haven’t finished, or started, your federal return, you do get a few extra days this year. But if you’re procrastinating because you find the process too daunting, there are still places to turn for last-minute help.

With April 15 falling on a Saturday, and a District of Columbia holiday on Monday, April 17, the deadline to file a federal tax return is April 18 this year. Which gives people who haven’t filed yet a little extra time to check their work.

“Think about what went on in your life in the last year. Did you move? Did you have a child? Did you get married? Did you start a new job?” explained Tom O’Saben a tax pro.





Tom O’Saben of the National Association of Tax Professionals says the current filing season, is less complex, than the pandemic years.

“A lot of the things like the stimulus payments and the advanced child tax credits. We don’t have those this year those existed in prior years. 2022 looks a lot more like 2019,” said O’Saben.

The IRS says the most common errors on returns include missing or inaccurate social security numbers, misspelled names, and inaccurate figures for things like wages and income.





















They say math errors and incorrect calculations of tax credits and deductions can often be avoided, by using tax preparation software.

On Saturday, April 8, the IRS will open many of its tax prep centers for weekend, walk-in, in-person help. Some sites will offer specialized help on retirement and pension topics for taxpayers age 60 and above.

Taxpayers recently impacted by severe weather In Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, California and New York, may have extended federal filing deadlines if they reside in declared disaster areas.

Full eligibility details can be found at irs.gov.









 

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