Experts share last-minute tax filing tips

Jeannie Matthews
April 16, 2018

Believe it or not, the process of filing an extension on your taxes is probably a lot more painless than you think.

April 17th is the final day to file taxes unless you get an extension. If you haven't filed yet, experts say you need to file for an extension. This year our chances of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service are significantly lower (the IRS' own statistics tell us this).

"Before you respond to them, before you give out any sorts of personal information, even things like your name, date of birth, especially social security number, don't give that information out unless you can absolutely verify that you're speaking with someone that's from the IRS", said Shifflett.

At H&R Block in Tyler, tax analyst's see a large influx of customers the last few days before the deadline. Felder-Ruiz works for him as a tax preparer, authorities said.

On Tuesday, the IRS alerted consumers to a new email tax scam. For more information, visit http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers. So if that's you, this is your last weekend to get it done.

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The tax deadline is usually April 15th, but this year, that's a Sunday.

While many Americans enjoy getting a tax refund, others would rather have access to that money throughout the year.

One scam is a robotic voice that uses incorrect English, which calls threatening consumers, telling them that they have a debt with the IRS and will be taken under custody by local authorities.

To find out how much you have to pay, you can use the payment estimator provided by the IRS on their website.

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