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Filing Your Income Tax Return

Federal tax returns are normally due on April 15th for the preceding taxation year if your tax year ends on December 31st.  If you use a fiscal year (which is a year ending on the last day of any month other than December), your return is due on or before the 15th day of the fourth month after the close of your fiscal year.  If the 15th falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the tax return is due on the next business day.

Most taxpayers who are US citizens and residents have until April 18, 2017 to file their 2016 tax returns and pay any tax due, as per the IRS information When do I have to file?  Certain taxpayers who are US citizens and live outside the US have until June 15, 2017 to file their 2016 tax returns.

Tax return forms from the IRS website can be used to file your income tax return manually.  Your return can also be filed electronically.

Free Tax Filing

freefile - Income below $62,000 in 2015?  You can file online for free through the freefile program.  Income over $62,000 - free fillable forms are available for download.

IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation thru mid-April for those who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance.  Find a location near you.

Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) - the TCE program offers FREE tax help to individuals age 60 or older, from January 1 to April 15 each year.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit gives a tax break to workers with low and moderate incomes.  IRS says that 1 out of 5 workers fails to claim this credit!  If you worked and earned under $53,267 in 2015, you may qualify for the EITC.  See IRS Tax Tip 2016-09: The Earned Income Tax Credit: Often Missed for more information.

IRS Resources to help you with your tax return

bulletTopic 301 - When, where and how to file
bulletIRS e-file:  Filing your taxes online was never easier!
bulletPublication 17 - Your Federal Income Tax (For Individuals)   This is a tax guide provided by the IRS, which provides basic tax-filing information and tips.
bulletOnline learning and educational products

IRS Educational Videos

bulletIRSVideos.gov
bulletIRS videos on YouTube

Revised: August 08, 2017

 

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