Today is April Fool's Day, but don't you be a tax fool.
If you got or expecting a big refund, or ended up owing a lot, then now's the time to adjust your payroll withholding
It's a bit late in the filing season to hire a tax professional, but you still might be able to get some free face-to-face tax help through such programs as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
. The Internal Revenue Service also is offering appointments at some of its Taxpayer Assistance Centers
Yes, Tax Day is just around the corner, but you still have to take care of other tax tasks. If your job includes tips
and you received $20 in tips in March, use Form 4070
to report them today to your employer.April 11-12:
This last weekend before your 1040 is due doesn't have to be a lost weekend. Don't get in such a rush that you make mistakes or overlook tax breaks
. April 15:
This is it! Tax Day 2015.
There are lots of tax tasks to take care of today, so let's get to them.
Your 2014 personal income tax return is due today, either by sending it electronically or getting it to the post office so it can be postmarked by midnight, local time. And don't forget about Free File
The IRS partnership with more than a dozen tax software manufacturers is open for taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is $60,000 or less not only through today's deadline, but also through the Oct. 15 filing extension.
Speaking of extensions, if you just can't complete your forms today, file Form 4868 to get an automatic six-month extension. But be sure to pay any tax you owe. It's an extension to file, not an extension to pay.
If you didn't file a return in 2011, you could be missing out on your part of almost $1 billion in tax refunds that were never claimed. Today also is the last day you can file that old return and get your refund from that tax year.
Today is the last chance to make a 2014 contribution to your IRA, either Roth or traditional accounts.
If you make estimated tax payments then your 2015 first-quarter 1040-ES voucher for is due today.
And don't forget your state taxes. Most states with income taxes follow the federal filing deadline.
April 21: Now that filing is done (except for us procrastinating filing extenders), take some time to store your tax records. You need to hang onto some filing paperwork just in case the IRS has follow-up questions.
April 28: Were you one of those organized folks who filed earlier but are still waiting for your refund? Track it down with the IRS' online refund locator.
Small Business Tax Calendar: Important filing, deposit and record keeping dates throughout the year that your company needs to know. You also can view the full year's important business tax dates in IRS Pub. 509.