April 15 is the deadline to file your taxes. USA TODAY Network gives you a list of what you need to know.
1. Running late?
File Form 4868 for an automatic six-month extension until Oct. 15, if you qualify. You do not have to explain why you are asking for the extension, but the IRS will contact you if your request is denied.
The IRS notes the extension "does not give you extra time to pay your taxes. You still must estimate and pay what you owe by April 15." You will be charged interest on any amount not paid by the deadline and possibly penalties, the IRS says.
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2. Can't pay now?
The IRS offers monthly payment plans for a fee. If you owe $50,000 or less, you canapply online for the installment plan.
3. Reward yourself
From free cookies to free massages, some businesses are giving away treats on Tax Day. One example: Arby's will hand out snack-sized curly fries free on April 15 for customers with coupons.
4. File online for free
If you have an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less, you can use the Internal Revenue Service's Free File program through its website.
5. Don't use these excuses to not pay taxes
Filing taxes is not voluntary. You must pay taxes on all income, including labor and services. Also, foreign income is taxable. If a court finds you've made a frivolous return, you could face a $5,000 fine and even prison time.
Top frivolous excuses for not filing include:
• Taxes are unconstitutional.
• Filing taxes is voluntary.
• I am a state citizen, not a U.S. citizen.
6. Bitcoin is not currency
With the growing popularity of the digital currency, IRS said Bitcoin will be treated like property. Businesses that accept Bitcoin for goods and services will be taxed on the fair market value of the Bitcoin payment as part of their gross income, the IRS says.
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