12 On Your Side: Dealing with tax deadlines

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, April 17, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The deadline to file your taxes and have them postmarked in the mail was at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The government gave taxpayers two extra days this year to get send in their taxes since April 15 fell on a Sunday and Monday was a federal holiday.

"A burden off of my shoulders," Pauline Rouse said.

She dropped off her check to the IRS at the post office with only a few hours to spare.

"Always end up owing. Always," she complained.

According to tax experts, it's usually people that end up owing that wait until the last minute to file.

But they warn against waiting too long.

"The worst thing the taxpayer can do? Ignore it. Don't ignore the IRS. Thats one piece of advice we give you," said H&R Block District Manager Steve Harvey.

Filing an extension is your best bet if you owe and can't afford to pay right now or if you still don't have all of your documents in order. The extensions last six months. However, you may get hit with a failure to pay penalty unless you can prove you've been unemployed.

A special extension is available to unemployed who can prove they are currently not working or were not working in 2011. The IRS will waive the failure to pay penalty in these cases.

Payment options are also available for taxpayers who can not pay all that they owe at once.

"Generally they like to spread it out and get paid over three years, but depending on your circumstances, you can get as much as five years on a payment plan to pay it off," Harvey said.

Extensions are available at anytime for people expecting to get money back. However, those that owe need to file an extension by Tuesday. Several local tax filing companies are extending their hours for taxpayers wishing to file an extension.

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