Tax Tips for Late Filers

By KBJR News 1

April 4, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM CDT


Tax season is almost at its end.

If you haven't filed yet, there's no time like the present.

When it comes to filing your taxes, procrastination is often the name of the game.

"I plan on filing my taxes April 15th," says Travis Collins.

Or just a matter of priority.

"I just have other things that are more important right now," Collins admits.

Senior Tax Advisor at H&R Block stresses the importance of making the April 15th deadline.

"Tax filers should file their tax returns even if they're going to have a balance due because you don't want to have the penalty of not filing your return by April 15th of this year, says Heidi Cornelson, senior taz advisor at H&R Block."

If you have already filed but aren't confident your form is mistake free, you may want to get a second look.

"A second look is a review of your last three tax returns...we can review to see if you've done them correct or if there's an error maybe we can find you more money on your tax return," Cornelson says.

H and R Block offers the service for free.

Meanwhile the United Way's 2–1–1 service connects users to tax sites that will allow them to file for free.

"If they call us what we'll do is we'll show them, in their area, where their nearest tax sites are, and tell them what they need to bring with them, give them the hours, and provide any additional information that might make that whole process easier," says Rory Strange coordinator of the 2-1-1 program.

One of the biggest problems tax filers face is simply not knowing their options.

"What we're trying to do is to educate people to what is available for them. A lot of people are not familiar with the earned income tax credit," says Strange.

Because April 15th is just around the corner tax sites are filling, giving those who want free services an even more immediate need to begin making appointments.

When accessed through the IRS website, Turbo Tax also provides the option to file for free.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware