December 25, 2014

You have until April 17th to do those taxes, but don’t delay!

Federal tax forms aren’t due until April 17th this year, next Tuesday, which means some Nebraskans will have an extra two days to put off the taxing task.

IRS spokeswoman Diane Fox has some advice for those who usually procrastinate.

“Don’t wait until the last minute as you’re more prone to make mistakes,” Fox says. “Use IRS.gov. There’s a lot of good information that can answer your questions. Use Free File at IRS.gov to prepare and file your taxes for free.”

There is a free option for everyone. People who make $57,000 or less can use the Free File software. People who make more can use Free File Fillable Forms, an electronic version of the IRS paper forms.

“If you owe and you can’t pay, don’t panic,” Fox says. “You can go online and request a payment agreement. If you can’t make the deadline, go to IRS.gov/freefile and request an extension. That gives you an extension to file, not an extension to pay.”

The federal filing deadline is on April 17th this year due to a holiday in Washington D.C.