If friends or co-workers act a little short or more frustrated than normal Tuesday, it could have something to do with a certain deadline that arrives every April 15.
The deadline for filing state and federal tax returns is the end of the day Tuesday.
“Right now we’ve got almost 1.4 million returns filed,” said Paula Ross, communications director at the state Tax Commission. “We usually get about 1.7 million, so that means there’s a lot of people out there that need to file.”
Ross advises people not to panic if they have waited until the last minute. Taxpayers have two options if they are having difficulty finishing the paperwork by Tuesday’s deadline.
First, if state taxes are filed electronically, the due date for Oklahoma is April 21. Second, if filings by mail can’t be postmarked by the end of the day, taxpayers should file for an extension.
“They need to know if they file an extension, that it is not an extension of taxes owed,” Ross said. “In other words, if you think you owe money when you file that extension, there’s a place where you can estimate how much you need to pay so you don’t have to pay a penalty and interest.”