Tax filing deadline information

Tax filing deadline information
By: Erica Byfield

PADUCAH, Ky. - The countdown to tax day is on and this year you're getting a break from Uncle Sam. Not the break you hoped for but a couple extra days to pay your dues. This year's due date is Tuesday, April 17th.

Calling all procrastinators, you're taxes are due in less than a week. Sally Cooper realized she was cutting it too close "I just didn't get around to it this year." Cooper came in to Jackson Hewitt in Paducah for some help and filed her taxes electronically. "I had something that I had not dealt with before this year so I thought I better get some help with it" she said.

Dan Kerley, the vice president of operations for this tax service, told me that was probably her best bet; since humans tend to make mathematical errors. And, those errors leave some people with having to cut the IRS a check. Kerley says that's not all you need to know about the April 17 deadline.

Now-a-days the post office does not stay open until 11 p.m.; you'll probably need to have it post marked by 5 pm. Also, if you owe the IRS money, make the check out to the United States Treasury.  That way is some else gets their hands on it they won't be able to cash it. "I've done my own taxes for a long time and I keep up on tax laws the IRS publicizes" said Cooper.

Kerley says Cooper's on the right track, tax laws change year to year and it's always important to know if you're eligible for a new deduction.
Lastly, this next tip maybe too late for this year, but keep in mind you can file you're taxes anytime after January 12th.  Yet you don't actually have to pay until the tax deadline.
If you're worried you will not make the April 17th deadline make sure you officially request an extension from the IRS; that will give you until October 15 to file your taxes.