If you requested a six-month extension because you couldn't meet
the April 18 tax-filing deadline, your time is up. The deadline for
filing your 2010 return is today.
Well, there are a few exceptions. Taxpayers affected by
Hurricane Irene and other recent natural disasters (
see the IRS list
) have until October 31 to file. And members of the military
serving in combat zones have at least 180 days after they leave the
combat zone to file their returns (see
Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide
Nearly 10.1 million taxpayers requested an extension, and most
have yet to file, according to the IRS. An easy way to meet the
October 17 deadline is to file your return electronically. You can
use tax software, such as TurboTax, Tax Act or other programs, or a
paid tax preparer to e-file. Or you can use Free File through
IRS.gov if your income is $58,000 or less. Regardless of your
income, if you like to do your return the old-fashioned way -- on
paper -- you can still file electronically for free by transferring
the numbers to IRS's free fillable forms.
about e-filing options.
Those who owed taxes to the IRS were expected to pay by the
April 18 deadline -- even if they filed an extension. As long as
they paid 90% of their actual tax liability in the spring and pay
the balance when they file today, they won't be hit with a
late-payment penalty. Those who cannot pay what they owe may be
able to set up an installment agreement with the IRS. See the
online payment agreement application
or contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 for more information.
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