Late deadline means extra days to file taxes

"There was nothing personal about it... just you're being sued", Myrie said.

But, she warns, "most people have the conception that when you file an extension you don't have to pay". Similar rules apply. You can generally contribute to your HSA until April 18, 2017, and have it count toward your 2016 contribution limit ($3,350 for singles and $7,750 for family coverage). The tool is updated once per day, usually overnight, so checking more often will not generate new information. The best part it's all done on the app so you don't have to take time out of your busy schedule to meet face-to-face with the assigned accountant.

The good news is that the IRS may throw you a lifeline: You might not have to pay the penalty for late taxes if you have "a reasonable explanation" for filing late, so again, you'd need to attach a written explanation to your return.

However, tax scammers are still out there, so it may be a little hard to determine if you're speaking with a legitimate IRS employee, a private contractor, or a scam artist. If you're in the 25% tax bracket, this can translate to an additional $1,375 back in your pocket at tax time.

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There is a common belief that you should be among the masses filing by the April deadline so you don't draw attention to yourself from the IRS and bring on an audit.

The suit, filed in federal court in Alexandria asks the court to permanently bar Finecia R. Draper from preparing federal tax returns for others, according to a press release.

Use Form 4868. Fill out a request for an extension using Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

If you're struggling to get your tax return finished by the April 18 deadline, the good news is that it's not hard to get an extra six months to do your taxes.

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Here are a few tips to help you protect yourself this tax season. If you spot an error, you can use IRS Form 1040X to amend your tax return.

Are you a procrastinator who waits until the very last moment to file your taxes? Otherwise, the IRS can sock you with a late-filing penalty of 5% of the amount due for every month or partial month your return is late. The tax is due on the original filing day (April 18, 2017 this year) even if the return will be submitted later. The suit also asks the court to order Draper to turn over a list of all taxpayers for whom she has prepared returns since January 1, 2013. Think of the forms and receipts you needed for this year's return and collect them throughout the coming year to be ready next time.

A valid extension allows self-employed taxpayers to deduct certain retirement plan contributions on their 2016 tax return if the contribution is made by the extended filing date.

"If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don't pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn't the IRS calling", he said. The tax code has been cross-stitched into such a complicated pattern that many taxpayers want and need assistance.

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