Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
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Tax Day 2020: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?

Tax Day 2020: When's the Last Day to File Taxes?

The IRS expects more than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year, most of which will be filed before April 15.

"This is like the safest way and most effective way to file your tax return", IRS regional spokesman David Tucker said.

Reduced funding for the Internal Revenue Service has led to lower staffing levels and fewer audits, which has reduced the amount the IRS has been able to collect from taxpayers voluntarily or through enforcement, the Taxpayer Advocate, an independent branch of the IRS, said in its annual report to Congress on Wednesday.

Taxpayers can get free help preparing and filing taxes through IRS Free File online or free tax help from trained volunteers at community sites around the country.

On that date the agency will begin accepting an processing 2019 tax returns. From my own practice representing tax whistleblowers, it is clear that the IRS continues to take a strong interest in receiving information from informed whistleblowers about offshore accounts and criminal tax activity.

Identity theft affidavits submitted to the IRS from taxpayers declined from 677,000 in 2015 to 199,000 in 2018.

This year, however, Patriots' Day will be observed on April 20-so ME and MA residents don't get any additional time to file their taxes in 2020.

"These changes will make Free File easier to find and easier to use, while at the same time strengthening consumer protections", Smith said. "However, we also offer options for printable forms so that anyone who might not be used to online method can opt for this option". You'll see when your return has been received, when your refund has been approved, and when it's been sent.

The IRS processes most returns and mails tax refund checks (when a refund is due) within about three weeks, and you'll get your money quicker if you opt for a direct deposit payment instead of asking for a check in the mail.

"We can help people in this situation, but we want to help them avoid paying more than they will owe by saving for and paying in their estimated taxes on a quarterly basis", Perkins said. The company is also offering detailed instructions about how to download and print such tax forms so that people can efficiently file their taxes.

The IRS says 70 percent of American taxpayers are eligible for Free File.

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