The IRS Reminds you that Tax-filing and Payment Extensions Expire Oct. 15: Check Eligibility for Overlooked Tax Benefits.
Originally published on IRS.Gov
WASHINGTON — Today the Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 15 to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system.
More than a quarter of the nearly 13 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. Although Oct. 15 is the last day for most people, some still have more time, including members of the military and others serving in Afghanistan or other combat zone localities, who typically have at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due.
“If you still need to file, don’t forget that you can still use IRS e-file through October 15,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Many people may not realize they can still file their tax return for free through the IRS Free File program available on IRS.gov. Even if you’re filing in the final days, e-file remains easy, safe and the most accurate way to file your taxes.”
Check Out Tax Benefits
Before filing, the IRS encourages taxpayers to take a moment to see if they qualify for these and other often-overlooked credits and deductions:
- Benefits for low-and moderate-income workers and families, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit. The special EITC Assistantcan help taxpayers see if they’re eligible.
- Savers credit, claimed on Form 8880, for low-and moderate-income workers who contributed to a retirement plan, such as an IRA or 401(k).
- American Opportunity Tax Credit, claimed on Form 8863, and other education tax benefits for parents and college students.
- Same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, are now treated as married, regardless of where they live. This means that they generally must file their returns using either the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status.
Details on all filing and payment options are on IRS.gov.