Tax-filing and Payment Extensions Expire Oct. 15; Check Eligibility for Overlooked Tax Benefits; Choose E-file; E-pay with New Direct Pay
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 15 to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically.
More than a quarter of the nearly 13 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. Although Oct. 15 is the last day for most people, some still have more time, including members of the military and others serving in Afghanistan or other combat zone localities who typically have until at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due.
“If you still need to file, don’t forget that you can still use IRS e-file through October 15,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Many people may not realize they can still file their tax return for free through the IRS Free File program available on IRS.gov. Even if you’re filing in the final days, e-file remains easy, safe and the most accurate way to file your taxes.”