If you haven't filed your taxes yet, here are some last-minute tips

Waiting until the last minute is not usually a good idea, especially when it comes to filing your taxes.If you've put it off until the April 15 deadli...

Posted: Apr 15, 2019 8:43 AM

Waiting until the last minute is not usually a good idea, especially when it comes to filing your taxes.

If you've put it off until the April 15 deadline -- yep, that's today -- you're not alone. As of Friday the IRS reported as many as 50 million taxpayers still hadn't filed their tax returns.

But there is still hope. Whether you want to file for an extension, save money or even find the closest place to buy a stamp, here is your last-minute Tax Day guide.

Is April 15 the absolute deadline to file?

Yes, unless you live in Maine or Massachusetts. Taxpayers in those states are granted an extension until April 17 due to the Patriot's Day holiday.

If it feels like Tax Day has a habit of moving around on your calendar, you're right. The holiday's date can vary based on certain circumstances. For example, if the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or civil holiday, the deadline is extended to the next working day.

By the way, Tax Day used to be March 15. In 1955, as tax law was becoming increasingly complex, the federal government pushed the deadline back to April 15 to give Americans more time.

How can I file for an extension?

Need more time to prepare your federal tax return? The IRS recommends you file for an extension if you need one.

Filing an extension will help taxpayers avoid paying penalties for filing a late return. Extensions provide more time to file, but not more time to pay any tax owed.

"Information about free e-file options, such as IRS FreeFile, how to request an automatic six-month filing extension or fast, secure ways to pay any tax due using IRS Direct Pay are available online at IRS.gov.," the agency says.

Nine common mistakes to avoid when filing

The IRS recommends avoiding these 9 common mistakes when filing your returns.

  1. Missing or inaccurate Social Security numbers
  2. Misspelled names
  3. Filing status errors
  4. Math mistakes
  5. Errors in figuring tax credits or deductions
  6. Incorrect bank account numbers
  7. Forms not signed
  8. Electronic filing PIN errors
  9. Filing with an expired Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

How to find the nearest post office

In a mad dash to mail your return before it's too late? Find your nearest United States Post Office here.

You'll sleep better knowing your tax return is safely on its way.

Done? Celebrate with Tax Day deals

Tax Day can be stressful, especially when you're scrambling to find documents and fill out forms at the last minute. Here are some places that believe you deserve a reward on April 15.

Participating Hardee's will allow taxpayers one free sausage biscuit from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. You just have to say "made from scratch" to receive the giveaway.

On Tax day, Schlotzsky's is offering guests one free small Original sandwich with the purchase of a medium-sized drink and chips.

Applebee's $1 deal on Strawberry Dollaritas with Twizzlers is back for Tax Day and all of April.

Firehouse Subs will give you a free medium sub sandwich if you buy a medium or large sub with chips and a drink. The offer is good April 15 through 17.

Participating Red Lobster locations are offering 10% off any to-go order now through April 21 using the code LOBSTER65.

Terre Haute
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 93°
Robinson
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 87°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 84°
Rockville
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 84°
Casey
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 91°
Brazil
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 93°
Marshall
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 93°
Fireworks Forecast for Tonight
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 145750

Reported Deaths: 7005
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook917744618
Lake9864421
DuPage9192474
Kane7796274
Will6839320
Winnebago306796
McHenry208897
St. Clair1965137
Kankakee130265
Rock Island99629
Madison99169
Kendall98121
Champaign93012
Boone60221
DeKalb56719
Peoria54628
Sangamon44032
Jackson33519
Randolph2877
Stephenson2755
Ogle2684
McLean26713
Clinton24017
Macon23222
LaSalle22417
Union19319
Whiteside19215
Coles17317
Grundy1695
Iroquois1605
Tazewell1468
Warren1430
Knox1360
Cass1346
Morgan1303
Monroe12913
Williamson1224
Adams1061
Jefferson10617
McDonough10215
Lee982
Henry931
Vermilion772
Pulaski760
Marion680
Perry561
Douglas540
Macoupin543
Livingston502
Jasper477
Jo Daviess461
Montgomery461
Unassigned460
Christian454
Ford371
Jersey351
Woodford342
Bureau292
Franklin270
Menard240
Fayette233
Alexander220
Carroll222
Mason220
Wabash220
Mercer210
Piatt210
Washington210
Johnson200
Hancock191
Moultrie190
Shelby191
Crawford180
Logan160
Clark150
Fulton150
Massac150
Wayne141
Bond131
Effingham131
Schuyler130
Cumberland120
Brown100
Edgar100
De Witt90
Greene90
Marshall90
Saline90
Henderson80
Lawrence70
White60
Hamilton50
Richland40
Stark40
Pike30
Clay20
Edwards20
Gallatin20
Calhoun10
Hardin10
Pope10
Putnam10
Scott10
Out of IL00

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 46915

Reported Deaths: 2681
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11499683
Lake5053242
Elkhart316443
Allen2717128
St. Joseph186366
Cass16369
Hamilton1518100
Hendricks1386100
Johnson1254118
Porter71237
Tippecanoe6778
Madison64864
Clark63844
Bartholomew58244
Howard56057
LaPorte55326
Kosciusko5124
Vanderburgh4806
Jackson4653
LaGrange4657
Noble45728
Hancock43735
Boone43443
Delaware42949
Marshall4273
Shelby42025
Floyd37144
Morgan32531
Montgomery29320
Grant29026
Clinton2852
Monroe26628
Dubois2646
White26010
Decatur24832
Henry24315
Lawrence23624
Vigo2288
Dearborn22723
Harrison21022
Warrick21029
Greene18432
Miami1812
Jennings17111
Putnam1688
Scott1607
DeKalb1594
Daviess14116
Orange13523
Wayne1346
Perry1279
Steuben1262
Franklin1248
Jasper1142
Ripley1147
Carroll1102
Wabash1102
Fayette987
Newton9710
Whitley884
Starke853
Randolph784
Huntington712
Wells711
Jefferson701
Fulton681
Jay680
Washington661
Knox630
Pulaski621
Clay604
Gibson592
Rush563
Adams481
Benton480
Owen471
Sullivan441
Brown381
Blackford372
Posey360
Spencer351
Fountain302
Tipton301
Crawford290
Switzerland260
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Warren141
Union130
Vermillion130
Pike90
Unassigned0193