TaxAlmanac:Featured article/April 17, 2007

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IRS Offers Last-Minute Reminders

With the April 17 tax return filing and tax payment deadline imminent, the Internal Revenue Service offers last-minute tips for those who haven’t yet filed or paid. Taxpayers can minimize any possible interest assessments and late filing or late payment penalties by filing and paying by the due date.

File Electronically

Filing electronically is fast, accurate and easy. The electronic filing program checks for errors and necessary information, increasing the accuracy of the return and reducing the need for correspondence with the IRS to clarify errors or omissions. The computer software leads the user step-by-step. Most people can usually file a state tax return at the same time they electronically file their federal return. Once the return is accepted for processing, the IRS electronically acknowledges receipt of the return. Generally, when someone files electronically, their refund will be issued in about half the time it would take if they had filed a paper return. Those who choose direct deposit will get their refund in even less time. More information on e-file is available on this Web site.

Use IRS Free File

Nearly 20 companies are offering free electronic filing to taxpayers whose 2006 adjusted gross income was $52,000 or less. That means 70 percent of all taxpayers, 95 million individuals, can take advantage of the IRS-sponsored Free File program. Free File cannot be accessed through tax preparation Web sites that inaccurately say they are part of the Free File Alliance. The only way to access this program is through the IRS’s own secure, official Web site,, where a link to Free File may be found on the home page.

Don’t Overlook These Benefits

  • Telephone Excise Tax Refund - This is a one-time refund of long distance excise taxes available on 2006 income tax returns. The refund applies to charges billed from March 2003 through July 2006. The IRS offers a standard refund amount of $30 to $60, or taxpayers can calculate the actual tax paid. Even if the taxpayer does not normally have to file a return, Form 1040EZ-T can be used to request this refund. Businesses and exempt organizations can also request it. Taxpayers can find more information on this special payment on this Web site.

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