Nashville, TN – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded tax filers who owe taxes and are purposely waiting until the last-minute to file and pay that they can easily postpone paying but are less likely to make mistakes if they file now, before the April rush.
The IRS estimates that nearly 690,000 Tennesseans waited until April to file last year, many of them wanting to hold on to their money until the very last minute.“Taxpayers can e-file right now and authorize a direct-debit payment for the April 17th deadline,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone. “That way they avoid the April rush, keep their money until the last minute, and get the benefits of e-filing.”
E-filing benefits include a lower error rate and faster processing than with paper returns, along with confirmation of receipt by the IRS. Last-minute filers often make the most mistakes, Boone said, but e-filing helps eliminate common errors.
Boone also reminded filers that e-filing is secure and that anyone can e-file free at the IRS website, www.IRS.gov, using the Free File program. Filers with income of $57,000 or less can use brand-name tax software free, but all filers are eligible to use the Fillable Forms option.
Filers who need help with their taxes can visit one of about 170 free tax help sites in 53 Tennessee counties. The sites are staffed by trained volunteers who will prepare and e-file returns for filers whose household income was less than $50,000 or who are age 60 or older. Taxpayers can call the IRS at 1.800.906.9887 to find the closest help site.