Normally, I am someone who gets their taxes done as early as possible. I don’t want any more trouble from the IRS or the State Department of Revenue. However, a few things happened this year and I’m having to file pretty late (aka the day before they are due). If you ever find yourself in this predicament, don’t worry. I’ve got a few tips to help you get by and get everything filed on time.
When is the Last Day to File Taxes?
This year, Tax Day is April 18. To meet the federal deadline for filing, you will need to have your taxes completed and postmarked by the end of the business day on April 18. For those who are e-filing (which most of us do these days), you need to have your taxes electronically submitted by end-of-business on April 18.
If you don’t feel like you’re going to meet the tax deadline, filing for an extension is always an option. Check out this helpful article on Saving Advice about what you need to file an extension.
Tips for Filing Last-Minute
I wouldn’t recommend anyone file at the last minute. Honestly, it’s stressful and the stress isn’t necessary. That being said if you’re okay with getting the filing done at the very last minute and off your plate, then there are some things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.
- Get all of your paperwork together. You’ve probably been collecting tax paperwork over the last few months and it’s been staring at you, waiting for you to file. Get everything together and bring it to a spot where you can sit down and focus on filing.
- Create a calm, quiet space to get your filing done. This may mean having someone come to watch your kids for a couple of hours or having your spouse handle things around the house while you file the taxes. Put on some calm music, light a candle, and get started. (Save the wine for afterward.)
- Eliminate any distractions. Put your phone down and set it to silent. Turn your desktop notifications off. Just get the dang taxes done!
- Use an e-file service like TurboTax that reviews your returns. I’ve used TurboTax for several years. Not only do they make it easy, but they also have tax pros review your return before it gets sent in.
- Don’t stress about the small stuff. My grandfather used to say this to me all the time. If you’re really feeling the pressure, take the generic deductions or file for an extension. It’ll be alright.
As always, the best advice I can give anyone is just to breathe. You’ll get your taxes filed on time and everything will turn out okay if you approach it with a calm mind.
Happy filing, everyone!
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Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.
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