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Maryland Tax Day 2014: 6 Tax Tips You Need to Know

Income taxes are due by midnight April 15. Most Americans file electronically, but if you choose to mail them be sure your return has today's postmark on it.

Income taxes are due by midnight April 15. File|Patch
Income taxes are due by midnight April 15. File|Patch

Procrastinators have nearly run out of time: Tax Day 2014 is here. You can find Maryland tax forms online, and check on your refund status.

Federal forms and answers to common questions can be found on the Internal Revenue Service website.

If you still have to send your tax returns to Uncle Sam, here are six tips for last-minute filers:

  1. Avoid a phone scam tied to taxes. The IRS says phone scammers targeting taxpayers tell victims they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. Taxpayers who owe taxes will always receive written notification from the IRS via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone. 
  2. The deadline for federal tax is midnight April 15. File your return by the deadline, either electronically or in the U.S. mail with today’s postmark on it. You can file an extension request free at IRS.gov through the IRS Free File programFilers whose 2013 income was $58,000 or less can use the Free File program to file their federal tax return. An extension gives taxpayers until Oct. 15 to prepare their tax return.
  3. An extension gives you time to file, but tax payments are still due April 15. Pay as much as you can when you file your tax return or extension request, then fill out an online payment agreement request at IRS.gov to pay the rest.
  4. Data entry errors can cause problems. Make sure information on your tax return, such as Social Security numbers and bank routing or account numbers, is correct.
  5. Find the tax information and tools you need at www.IRS.gov.

If you need help from the IRS by telephone, don't expect it right away or even the first time you call. Last year, only 61 percent of taxpayers calling the IRS for help got it. To help free up operators, callers with complicated tax questions are directed to the agency's website.

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