Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Last-Minute Tax Filing Tips

In 2010 alone, the IRS reported a shocking $760 million in unclaimed refunds. So don’t forget to file your tax return by midnight on April 15, one week from today. Take time to double-check all the paperwork and if you can’t file by the deadline, request an extension to avoid fines. Here are some more helpful last-minute tips:

• Your return is considered timely filed if it is postmarked or electronically submitted on April 15, 2014.
• Electronically filing tax returns is the fastest way to receive a refund. Learn more about e-filing here.
• Check if you are eligible for free online tax preparation here.

• You can pay online with your credit or debit card.
• You may request an installment plan where you can choose your monthly payment as long as it's paid off in 3 years.
• If payments are troubling for you this year, still file your return. Click here to assess your tax scenario, payments and penalties beforehand and avoid common errors.

• Direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund from the IRS.

• Take the time to look over your return before you sign it. Small errors can be costly.
• Make sure you attach all proper documentation, including forms, schedules, and other information. Missing materials can delay processing.

• For taxpayers who cannot meet the April 15 deadline, requesting a filing extension is easy and will prevent late filing penalties. For more information, click here.