Tax Planning Six Tips to Beat the October 15th Extended Tax Deadline Read the Article Open Share Drawer Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Written by TurboTaxLisa Modified Mar 5, 2020 3 min read Reduce your taxes with a personalized tax plan Our experts review your unique situation and recommend proven tax strategies to lower your tax bill. By selecting Learn More, you will be leaving Intuit’s site. Learn More The article below is up to date based on the latest tax laws. It is accurate for your 2019 taxes (filed in 2020) and 2018 taxes, which should be filed by the April 15th, 2019 (or October 2019 with filed extension) deadline The final extension deadline for the tax year 2018 is right around the corner on October 15, but you still have plenty of time to meet the final tax deadline and avoid a late-filing penalty if you file online and follow these six tips: 1. Gather Your Documents: Make sure you have your documents like W-2s, 1099s, receipts for expenses, mortgage interest, and your kids’ social security numbers in front of you when you sit down and file. You can follow our checklist to help you. 2. Don’t Forget What You Did Last Year: In your haste to file your taxes at the last minute, don’t forget what you did last year. Taxpayers rushing to the deadline may forget they donated to charity, had job search expenses, or unreimbursed employee expenses. These are examples of some expenses which lead to tax deductions that may lower your tax liability and tax year. 3. Review Information Entered: Make sure you double-check the names and social security numbers of your dependents and spouse if you are married. Incorrect social security numbers may cause you to miss out on valuable tax deductions. 4. Go Online and E-file: This is a quick, easy, accurate way to file taxes online. Your information is sent electronically to the IRS and you will receive notification of receipt from the IRS. Mailing your tax return is inconvenient and time-consuming, plus you will not receive any verification of receipt from the IRS. TurboTax makes it easy to e-file your taxes online in the convenience of your own home. The TurboTax Mobile App also allows you to start filing your taxes on one device and move seamlessly across devices so you can do your taxes anywhere. At this point, if you take your taxes to someone you most likely will have to wait in line to get your taxes filed. By going online to prepare your taxes, you can save time and money, avoiding long lines and the hassle of making an appointment. 5. File Even If You Owe: Even if you owe money, you will still need to file your taxes to avoid a late filing penalty, which is 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month your tax return is late, not to exceed 25% of unpaid taxes. The IRS also created the Fresh Start Initiative to give taxpayers other options when they can’t pay all of their tax liability at tax time. Under this initiative, you may be able to set up an installment agreement with the IRS and pay for your tax liability monthly. 6. Contact Our Tax Experts if You Need Help: Don’t worry about knowing these tax rules. TurboTax will ask you simple questions about you and give you the tax deductions and credits you’re eligible for. If you have questions, you can connect live via one-way video to a TurboTax Live CPA or Enrolled Agent and get your tax questions answered. TurboTax Live CPAs and Enrolled Agents are available in English and Spanish and can also review sign and file your tax return. Reduce your taxes with a personalized tax plan Our experts review your unique situation and recommend proven tax strategies to lower your tax bill. By selecting Learn More, you will be leaving Intuit’s site. Learn More Previous Post The Real World Financial Guide: Four Tips for Recent College… Next Post How Your Lottery Winnings Are Taxed Written by Lisa Greene-Lewis Lisa has over 20 years of experience in tax preparation. Her success is attributed to being able to interpret tax laws and help clients better understand them. She has held positions as a public auditor, controller, and operations manager. Lisa has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, the Ellen Show, and major news broadcast to break down tax laws and help taxpayers understand what tax laws mean to them. For Lisa, getting timely and accurate information out to taxpayers to help them keep more of their money is paramount. More from Lisa Greene-Lewis Follow Lisa Greene-Lewis on Twitter. 15 responses to “Six Tips to Beat the October 15th Extended Tax Deadline” how do you obtain your pending 2017 tax return after Oct 20th? Reply great topic Reply nice article..keep it up Reply Didn’t work for me either. Got the “Turbo Tax is closed as of October 15” message. What calendar are they using? The first CSR I got at Intuit was completely clueless – even said I needed to call back to speak to a supervisor because her computer could not transfer me. Fortunately, when I called back the second time a very helpful person (who sounded like he was in India) gave me a code which allowed me to file my state return for free. Thank you Intuit! Reply nice article Reply do i have until 11;59 tonight or 6pm to file my extension? Reply Hi Pamela, You have until 12:00 am in your time zone. Thank you, Lisa Greene-Lewis Reply If my return is rejected today will I be able to add income or remove income when I resubmit it Reply Hi Ashley, Yes, you are able to fix your rejected tax return. You have until 10/20 at 6 am pacific time to efile a return that is rejected and is being resubmitted with corrections. Thank you, Lisa Greene-Lewis Reply i’m curious as to why someone would decide to shut off all electronic activity within the TurboTax app (e-filing, audit purchase, etc) ON Oct 15th ! why not wait until the 16th, AFTER extension deadlines ? Reply Hi David, Please go back in and try again. We apologize for any trouble you had e-filing. Everything is running smoothly now. Thank you, Lisa Greene-Lewis Reply i tried to e-file early this morning. it is closed. can you help? Reply Hi Noi, Sorry you were experiencing problems when e-filing. Please go back in and try again. E-file should be working. Thank you, Lisa Greene-Lewis Reply Please, please tell me how I can speak with a human being. Reply Urgently need to talk to a person about my inability to access turbo tax using password and username. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Browse Related Articles Tax Planning 3 Last Minute Tax Tips for Extension Filers Tax Planning Tips to Help Stop Procrastinating (on Your Taxes) Tax Planning 8 Last Minute Tax Tips to Make the Tax Extension Deadli… Tax Tips Extension Filers: Tips for Those Self-Employed for the … Tax News IRS Update: The Government Shutdown and Your Taxes Tax Planning What You’ll Need to File Your Business Taxes Befo… Tax News Extension Filers: The Tax Deadline is Today Tax Planning What You Need to Know About Filing an Extension Tax Tips Need To File an Tax Extension? Tax Planning What Should I Do if I Missed the Extended Tax Deadline?