Experts offer tips on last-minute tax filing

 

JACKSON, Tenn. — Tax service centers are keeping their doors open later this time of year, ready for customers to file their 2016 income tax.

Vickie McMann at Jackson Hewitt said it’s important for people to show up prepared with interest and dividend forms.

“They want to make sure they have all their deductions, their itemized deductions — mortgage interest, property tax, general sales tax, charitable contributions — those are some of the deductions that they need to have,” McMann said.

You do have a few extra days this year. Since April 15 falls on the weekend, April 18 is the filing deadline. If you don’t have all the information you need to properly file, you can file an extension.

“People that don’t have all of their forms, don’t have all of their information, are going to come in to file an extension. Make sure if you owe anything to send in a payment with your extension,” McMann said.

Tax experts said this time of year is also a popular time for phone scammers to get in on the action. They say the IRS will never contact you by phone unless you have received a certified letter stating they’re going to call. All correspondence is done through mail.

If you owe money to Uncle Sam, you can send in a check or money order to the IRS. You can also pay online at www.IRS.gov.

Applying for an extension will give you until Oct. 15 to complete your paperwork.

Tax experts said if you receive Social Security or retirement, check with an adviser about whether you need to file.

If you’re going to get a refund, you have up to three years to file.

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