IRS offers tips to last-minute tax filers

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - April 15, Tax Day, is only a week away.  For people who have filed and are receiving refunds, the IRS is mailing millions of checks daily.  

But many people still haven't filed.  Thursday, IRS spokesperson Dan Boone said if you are like a lot of people who received the "Making Work Pay" tax credit through the Recovery Act passed in 2009, make sure you do not forget it when filling out your tax form.

"You've got to account for that money," Boone said. "Just be sure you do schedule "M" and fill in all the blanks on that, and you're good."

And if you file on your computer this year, you won't be alone. According to Boone, taxpayers are filing from home this year more than ever before.

"E-filing is fast," he said. "You can have the money in your bank account in less than 10 days."

But IRS agents also have a warning: Scam artist are sending out e-mails aimed at stealing your personal information.

"One of the biggest scams we see every year is e-mails that look like they're coming from the IRS but they're not," Boone said.

Officials say if you get a scammer's e-mail, forward it to them. There could be information in the e-mail that could help agent track the scammers down.

And if you've been hit hard by the economic downturn, IRS officials say the government expects to allow more installment agreements for folks who cannot pay taxes they owe all at once.

"We're especially aware that a lot of folks are suffering from a tough economy last year, so it's really fairly easy to get an installment agreement with IRS," Boone said.

Filing extensions are also available for people who can't file on time, but remember an extension to file is not an extension to pay.

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