Last-minute tips for filing your tax return

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Updated: 4/15 6:39 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- April 15 is officially Tax Day, and if you have not filed your taxes yet, you have a few hours to get them done. News 4 has some last minute tips for procrastinators.

The filing deadline is Tuesday at midnight. Your return must be submitted online, or post marked by then. Some post offices around town are helping residents meet the deadline by extending their collection hours.

But if you have waited until the last minute to file your taxes, experts suggest applying for an extension instead of rushing to get them done. "You can do that online or you can print it out or send it in, it needs to be postmarked by midnight," said Leon Dowty.

Dowty works for Triangle Tax Service in Reno. He said people usually make mistakes when filing taxes at the last minute, because they are in a hurry to get them done. "It's common to get a misspelling, or a math error, or omit something, or get something on the wrong line because you're in a hurry."

Although anyone can get an extension to file taxes, Dowty said it does not give you extra time if you owe money. "In other words, if you think you're going to owe $1,000, for instance, then you should send $1,000 in with the extension, because it just gives you more time to file the tax return, not to pay the money."

But if you are still planning to file by midnight, Dowty has these tips for you. "Be thorough you know, don't guess at things, make sure you have the numbers right and record keeping. Record keeping is the secret to it."

The post office on Vassar Street will be picking up mail from collection boxes every hour until midnight to make sure it is post marked with the April 15 deadline.

If you're owed a tax refund and you do not file by Tuesday, you will not get hit with a penalty. If it turns out that you do owe, you will pay a fine for filing late.
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