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Tax tips offered for last-minute return filers

More than 160,000 Oklahomans expected to file extensions, expert says.
by Paula Burkes Modified: April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: April 7, 2014
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Q&A with Lea Crusberg

Taxpayers can reach April 15 deadline with aid of online tools

Q: With the April 15 tax filing deadline looming, do you have any last-minute tips?

A: Taxpayers should be sure to gather all the records they need to file their taxes. This includes receipts, canceled checks and records that support income, deductions or tax credits. Be sure to report all your income from all of your Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statements, and Form 1099 income statements when you file your tax return, and doublecheck your Social Security Number to make sure you’ve reported it accurately. I encourage taxpayers to use the Interactive Tax Assistant tool on IRS.gov, which can provide answers to many of their questions about tax credits, deductions and many more topics.

Q: What are the benefits of E-File for taxpayers?

A: It’s accurate, safe and easy. Of the more than 1.6 million returns expected to be filed in Oklahoma, we expect more than 1.4 million will be filed electronically.

Q: What are some resources for taxpayers who still need to file and have limited incomes?

A: Taxpayers who make $58,000 or less are encouraged to use Free File. Fourteen commercial software companies provide their Free File tax prep products at no cost and offer them at IRS.gov/freefile. You can prepare and e-file a tax return for free using IRS Free File, available exclusively on IRS.gov. For individuals who have a higher income, or those who are comfortable doing their own tax return, they can use Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms. Visit IRS.gov/freefile to check your options.

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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