Important Tax Tips

How to Protect Yourself from Tax Related Identity Theft

  • Place tax documents in a secure location, such as a safe or a locking file cabinet, and store them there until needed to prepare tax forms. Do not leave them in a car.

  • Some tax apps require users to take photos of W2 forms. Be sure to delete images after use.

  • Password-protect your smartphone.

  • Do not follow links in emails or text messages to the IRS site. Always type "irs.gov" directly into a browser to avoid vicious links. Report fraudulent IRS emails, texts or phone calls to phishing@irs.gov.

  • Do not use public computers to e-file taxes.

  • Wipe the hard drive before disposing of or donating an old computer that contains personal or financial information

Missed the April 15th Deadline?

  • File as soon as possible. If you owe federal income tax, you should file and pay as soon as you can to minimize any penalty and interest charges. There is no penalty for filing a late return if you are due a refund.

  • Penalties and interest may be due. If you missed the April 15 deadline, you may have to pay penalties and interest. The IRS may charge penalties for late filing and for late payment. The law generally does not allow a waiver of interest charges. However, the IRS will consider a reduction of these penalties if you can show a reasonable cause for being late.

  • Refunds may be waiting. If you’re due a refund, you should file as soon as possible to get it. Even if you are not required to file, you may be entitled to a refund. This could apply if you had taxes withheld from your wages, or you qualify for certain tax credits. If you don’t file your return within three years, you could forfeit your right to the refund.

Tips for Paying Your Taxes

  • Never send cash.

  • Whether you file a paper return or e-file your return, you can pay by phone or online with a credit or debit card. The company that processes your payment will charge a processing fee.

  • If you pay by check or money order, make sure it is payable to the “United States Treasury.”

  • Be sure to write your name, address and daytime phone number on the front of your payment. Also, write the tax year, form number you are filing and the first Social Security number listed on your tax return.

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