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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 17, 2018 to file their 2017 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, 2018 to file their 2017 tax returns.  A taxpayer can get an automatic 6-month extension to file the tax return if, no later than the date the return is due, Form 4868 (link at bottom) is filed.  See Automatic Extension on the IRS website.

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

Free File - Income below $66,000 in 2017?  You can file online for free through the Free File program.  Income over $66,000 - free fillable forms are available for download.  Available for the 2017 tax year until Monday, October 15, 2018.

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 $53,930 in 2017, you may qualify for the EITC.  See Earned Income Tax Credit  on the IRS website for more information.

IRS Resources to help you with your tax return

Topic 301 - When, where and how to file

IRS e-file:  Filing your taxes online was never easier!

Publication 17 - Your Federal Income Tax (For Individuals)   This is a tax guide provided by the IRS, which provides basic tax-filing information and tips.

Online learning and educational products

Form 4868 - Application for Automatic Extension of time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return

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IRS videos on YouTube

Revised: April 02, 2019

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