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Taxpayers Get Extra Time to File Their Taxes This Year

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You’ll get a little extra time to file your taxes this year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says the tax filing deadline has been moved from April 15th to April 17th. Spokeswoman Dianne Besunder says there are two reasons for the date change. “That’s because April 15th falls on a Sunday and normally you wouldn’t file on a Sunday and Monday April 16th is a holiday called Emancipation Day that is observed in the District of Columbia and according to Federal Law, holidays in the District of Columbia impact tax deadlines.”

However, Besunder says that doesn’t mean tax payers can’t file their taxes early. She says you can file electronically through the irs.gov web site as early as January 17th.

She says there are a number of advantages to using its e-file system. She says folks using e-file make far fewer errors. “When you file electronically, first of all a paper tax return, errors are up to 20 percent. On electronically filed tax returns because the computer does the math and that type of thing they’re less than 1 percent.” She also says it’s the fastest way to get your refund check, if you use direct deposit.

She adds that early tax filers who owe money, can file early and make payment arrangements so that you’re all paid-up by the filing deadline.

The Agency’s press release says they’re introducing new navigation features and helpful information at it’s irs.gov web site. They’re also rolling out a new pilot program that allows taxpayers to use interactive video to get help with tax issues. You’ll even be able to check on the status of your tax refund with a smartphone application that can be downloaded free called IRS2Go APP.

The agency will also be providing its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for individuals making $50,000 a year or less and a toll-free tax payer assistance center.

Get the details at irs.gov

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