Before closing its communications offices for the duration of the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service reminded the 12 million taxpayers who filed for a six-month tax-deadline extension last April that their six months will expire this month.
The agency also urged filers to “double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system.”
The often-overlooked credits and deductions include:
• Benefits for low-and moderate-income workers and families, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit.
• Savers credit, claimed on Form 8880, for low-and moderate-income workers who contributed to a retirement plan, such as an IRA or 401(k).
• American Opportunity Tax Credit, claimed on Form 8863, and other education tax benefits for parents and college students.
The agency also noted that “same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, are now treated as married, regardless of where they live. This applies to any return, including 2012 returns, filed on or after Sept. 16, 2013. This means that they generally must file their returns using either the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status.”
And for military members, the IRS noted that although Oct. 15 is the last day for most people to file, 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.”
Further details are available on IRS.gov.