What you need to know about filing for a tax extension

Deadline to File Taxes or Request Extension on Tuesday

Deadline to File Taxes or Request Extension on Tuesday

But the form does ask taxpayers to estimate the size of the tax payment they owe, and then make that payment to the IRS. "Neither are good options", Agel said.

You can use any electronic filing method you choose, but it's worth noting that the IRS says about 70 percent of taxpayers are eligible to file their tax return at no charge by using IRS Free File software.

If that's not detail enough for you, you can track when the IRS expects to direct deposit or mail yours by using the IRS' "Where's my refund?" tool, which is updated daily. "Because odds are, unfortunately, there's a lot of scams out there and if they're trying to pressure you into some sort of a garnishment or we can settle this through a wire transfer or money gram that's a pretty big red flag", Adel explained.

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"To have a valid extension generally - you need to pay in 90% of the tax due at the time of the filing, so in that case by [April 17]", Speiss said.

The IRS has faced computer problems in the past, notably including a 2015 cyber hacking incident that potentially gained access to personal data from more than 700,000 taxpayer accounts. Experts say the important thing is to try not to underpay the IRS.

Tax Day is on Tuesday whether you owe money or you're getting a refund, some companies are offering some great deals for Tax Day. You'll need to enter your Social Security number, your filing status and the refund amount you put on your return.

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The new tax plan President Donald Trump signed into law this year will mostly affect next year's returns.

Sharpe continued, "If they file an extension it does eliminate some penalties but not everything". File for an extension by submitting Form 4868, which allows you to file as late as October 15. In that case, the deadline will be extended until June 15, according to Kurlowicz.

Tax agencies will not pay postage due, so any that aren't paid in full must be returned for additional postage; meaning you'll, more-than-likely, miss the deadline. They are secure and easy and taxpayers receive immediate confirmation when they submit their payment.

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