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Tax Deadline Approaches And Secretary Offers Help

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Tax Day is approaching fast, and a state secretary says they have help on their website for last minute filers.

Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler says they hope the public files electronically...

"....it's convenient, the program does the math for you. About 85 percent of taxpayers are now e-filing. Once people try it, we find that once they try it they never want to go back to paper filing...."

Secretary Chandler says the electronic method helps you find things you might have forgotten if you had the paper form...

"....people should make sure they've entered everything in terms of the statements that they've gotten that indicate where their sources of income are. Just make sure you've entered everything. If people are filing electronically, that takes care of the math There aren't the math errors we used to see when people filed their returns on paper. The e-filing programs also alert you to deductions and credits you may be entitled to...."

Chandler says you need to make a request for an extension early enough to avoid late filing penalties. A form can be gotten either online or by paper with the Internal Revenue Service that also gives them an automatic extension for state taxes. An extension can last up to six months.

The deadline this year is April 17 since the traditional April 15 date is on a Sunday and there's a holiday on Monday in the District of Columbia. The Department also has mobile apps that can be downloaded to smartphones to give you assistance. The link to the Department of Revenue site is here.

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