With just a day before the April 18 deadline to file your taxes, here’s a few last minute tips.
File! Even if you don’t have all the money to pay, it’s much better to file a return than to not file at all. “The penalties for not filing a tax return are 10 times greater than those for filing but not being able to pay taxes due.” (Money.CNN.com. “5 last-minute tax tips you need to know now.” http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/13/pf/taxes/tax-tips/index.html?iid=SF_LN)
You can file for an extension. It’s simple and quick to do on the IRS website, and it will buy you some time. Just be aware that late-payment penalties will be tacked on, beginning after the April 18 deadline.
You can still get professional help. One place to go for help is the VITA program; the “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides specially trained IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers that can help taxpayers with basic income-tax preparation needs.” (Money.CNN.com. “5 last-minute tax tips you need to know now.” http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/13/pf/taxes/tax-tips/index.html?iid=SF_LN)
Few people look forward to the beginning of tax season. However, like it or not, we are faced with it every year. When you next meet with your tax advisor, be sure to ask about the tax benefits of home ownership.
There are numerous federal and state tax policies and programs designed to encourage homeownership by providing tax relief. For full details on these programs you will want to speak with a tax advisor; however I have included some ideas in order to get you asking the right questions. Continue reading →