Deadline to file taxes nears

Massachusetts
Deadline to file taxes nears

This year tax payers were given two additional days to file their 2017 income tax return, with the deadline being pushed to the April 17 rather than the usual April 15.

But even with two extra days the IRS is expecting millions of people to file for an extension, something you might consider if you haven’t filed your taxes yet.

22News went to the post office in West Springfield Tuesday morning where we found people making important deliveries.

“Delivering my first payment for what I owe the federal government,” SAID Doretta Moreau. “I was very busy this year so I was late, my family nagged me.”

Ray Maagero of Liberty Income Tax in West Springfield told 22News he expects to be there until midnight, which is the deadline people need to meet in order to file your taxes on time.

He also told 22News theree are options if you can’t pay your tax bill in full.

“You can enter in an installment agreement with the IRS and that will allow you sufficient time to pay the amount that you owe,” said Maagero. “You can get up to 72 months pretty much automatic depending on our situation.”

Maagero told 22News he recommends people look into the expiration of the 2017 tax laws and implementation of the 2018 tax changes. 

If you filed for an extension you’ll now have until October 15 to file your taxes, but that’s not an extension of time to pay.

Even with the extension people still have to pay any estimated taxes owed by midnight or they’ll start incurring interest and face penalties. 

If people make less than $66,000 a year, several online tax services allow people to file their taxes for free.

People should receive their tax refund within three weeks of filing it online. 

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