Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Watch out for tax scams ahead of April deadline

Watch out for tax scams ahead of April deadline

Taxpayers will have until this coming Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2017 tax returns and pay any tax due because April 15 falls on a Sunday this year, and Emancipation Day - a holiday observed in the District of Columbia - falls on Monday, April 16.

There are only three days left for USA citizens to file their taxes, and crypto holders are still nowhere to be found, according to data from Credit Karma. And if they are planning on using the U.S. Postal Service to send those returns, the day may end earlier than they think.

Felder-Ruiz, who worked for the N.J. State Police as a public safety dispatcher for approximately two years and is now a firefighter for in Plainfield, works as a tax preparer at GOTA.

There are a couple of reasons.

And this is where it starts to get complicated.

And when Washington, D.C., closes down, it is considered a federal holiday. That means almost 50 million taxpayers have either spent the last week scrambling to locate key documents and file their returns, or have scrambled to locate key documents and instead filed for an extension. She said some people miss out when their tax status changes because of a life event like a new house or a baby, and in the rush to finish their taxes, they leave a big potential deduction associated with their changed tax status on the table. Otherwise, they will not be picked up until the next day and will be considered late.

Tax season is the time of the year that people either love or hate, but according to the IRS, electronic filing is up 2.2 percent this year versus 2017.

If you beleive you have been the victim of an identity scam or fraud, you should file a local police report and then notify the federal agency involved. You can get an automatic six-month extension of time to file from the IRS. That's why it's especially important to request a PIN from the IRS, if you're not already required to have one through your e-filing software.

And, he added, taxpayers should explore other payment options such as getting a loan or making an installment agreement to make payments. For questions, call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227.

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