Tuesday is the deadline to file your taxes

You're getting a tax refund! Time to blow it in style

You can still file your state and federal returns through the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance website for free or head to a drop-in site like the Wal-Mart in East Greenbush where Jackson Hewitt Tax Service will be on hand to help you file from 8am-12am.

You can also mail in an IRS Form 4868; the above link has a copy you can download and print out.

If you need help filing your taxes, the Community Renewal Team (CRT) is offering free help in Hartford.

So to be safe, pay your taxes by Tuesday's deadline, to find out how much, look at last year's return or use a tax software and plug in your info, just try not to underpay the IRS. That's a fairly common move for taxpayers with complicated returns. You also have until the end of the day Tuesday to file for an extension.


If you pay the IRS your estimated tax on the phone or online, the taxman will automatically process an extension for you to file.

There really is no excuse this year, since there were two extra days because of April the 15 falling on a Sunday and yesterday being Emancipation day.

The penalties for not filing a return or an extension on time can be steep. Any money owed to the IRS is still payable by April 17 and late payers will get hit with a penalty of 5 percent of the balance due for each month the return is late, up to 25 percent.

Interest also accrues on taxes that go unpaid. You can also apply for a long-term installment plan if it'll take you more time to get clear with the IRS.

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