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How to Beat the Looming Income Tax Deadline

There's still time to get your taxes filed under the wire, and file an extension if you're cutting it too close.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 4:46 AM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 6:45 AM

Chico, Calif.--  There are just a few days left until the April 17th income tax filing deadline, but if you haven't gotten it done yet, you're not alone - and there's still time.

Taxpayers have a couple of extra days to file their income taxes this year because the typical April 15th deadline falls on a Sunday.

Generally, when a due date falls on the weekend or a holiday, it is moved to the next business day.

However, Monday is Emancipation Day, a national observance that pushes the tax filing deadline for federal and state income taxes to Tuesday, April 17.

Returns filed by Tuesday, April 17th will be considered on time and as long as it's post-marked by April 17th, you're still ok!

If you haven't even begun, local experts say there's still time.

To prevent any delays, they advise to make sure your form number and social security number are both on the checks your write.

You can also file online which can make it easier to catch errors.

Remember that an extension only moves the deadline for your federal tax forms to be filed, not your payment due date.

The same goes for state taxes - you must still pay any estimated tax liability owed by April 17th, 2018, or be subject to interest and penalties.

File for an extension with the Internal Revenue Service

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