IRS Tax Returns Are Due; Be Aware Of Scams

Time is running out to file your 2016 Income Tax Return before the midnight deadline.

In addition to several for-profit companies, last-minute filers can also use the free online file service from the IRS. Some taxpayers may be eligible to use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center. However, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist, Elizabeth Kiss, says doing nothing is not an option.

Although you can file an extension for getting your finished paperwork to the IRS, interest on any amount due, not paid by April 18th, will begin to accrue. Options and payment plans from the IRS are available online. If you get an unsolicited phone call regarding your taxes, Kiss says it’s most likely a scam.

Kiss has some advice for handling those unsolicited calls.

The IRS is also warning of increased email and phishing scams and reminding taxpayers that sensitive data will never be requested via email.

More options and resources for last-minute filers can be found at irs.gov.

The reason the tax filing deadline is three days later than normal is because the 15th fell on Saturday and Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day was yesterday, forcing the deadline to be pushed back to April 18th.