Haven’t Filed Your Return? Here’s What You Can Do

You haven’t filed your return and you may be feeling anxious. Well don’t panic. The IRS allows you to file an extension which gives you an additional 6 months to file it. One thing to consider is that it’s not an extension to pay your taxes, so you still have to make a payment if you owe.

Per the IRS, below is what you can do if you haven’t filed your return:

Key points to remember

  • It’s an extension to file your tax return and it’s due on April 15th
  • It’s NOT an extension to pay your taxes. Your payment is still due by April 15th
  • You have until October 15, 2024 to file your return. If the date falls on a weekend or holiday then the due date is the following business day
  • You can request an extension on the IRS website with one of their trusted partners

How to file the extension

Making payments

  • To avoid penalties and interest, your payment needs to  be 100% of what you paid last year or 90% of what you expect your tax liability to be for the current year.
  • You can pay online with your bank account by using Direct Pay, or with your credit card, debit card, or digital wallet
  • Download the app IRS2Go
  • You can send a payment with form 4868 

What happens if you can’t pay what’s due?

Need help with tax withholding?

Need Help Filing Your Return

If you need help with your return, you can go here.

Call: 800-829-1040

7 am to 7 pm local time

Callers who are hearing impaired

TTY/TDD 800-829-4059

Check Your Refund

To check the status of your refund, you can go here.

Mindful Reminder

The one thing to remember is to stay calm and don’t allow yourself to follow any stories about yourself. Failing to file by April 15th isn’t the end of the world. Your sanity and peace of mind are more important. Take the time to file an extension and if you can’t make the full payment, breathe, and promptly communicate with the IRS. They are not as scary as you may think. The sooner you speak to them about your situation, the better chances you have of reducing an additional tax liability.

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