With the individual tax-filing deadline on Monday, April 18, now is the time to complete all filing arrangements and payments. If you have not already done so, ask yourself these questions before it’s too late to act:
- Do you need to sign your e-file authorization form? IRS Form 8879 needs to be signed by you before your taxes can be e-filed. If filing jointly, your spouse needs to sign as well. If you haven’t already, please return the signed form ASAP to ensure that your taxes can be e-filed on time.
- Do you owe taxes on your 2021 tax return? If yes, make your tax payment now! The IRS has several payment options on their website. If mailing a payment, include Form 1040-V and ensure the mail is postmarked on or before April 18. Sending the payment certified mail will ensure you have proof of timely payment. Late payments, even by one day, are subject to IRS penalties and interest.
- Do you need more time to file? If you are not ready to file your taxes before the initial April 18 deadline, you can file for a six-month extension. Be aware that it is only an extension of time to file — not an extension of time to pay taxes you owe. You still need to pay all taxes by April 18.
- Do you need to deposit funds in your IRA or HSA? Did you claim an IRA or HSA contribution on your tax return? In order for the deduction to be valid for 2021, all deposits to those accounts need to be made by April 18. Once completed, save proof of the contribution with your 2021 tax files.
- Do you need to make an estimated tax payment? The first quarter estimated tax payment for 2022 is also due on April 18. If you owe taxes for 2021, making 2022 estimated payments might make sense for you. A quick way to determine a first payment is to divide the taxes you paid by four, and then adjust the amount for any paycheck withholdings. Send your payment along with Form 1040-ES to the IRS by April 18. Then, schedule a tax-planning meeting to determine the best approach for the remainder of the year.
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If you miss a deadline, file your return and pay the taxes as soon as you can to stop accruing interest and penalties.