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April 15 last day to file taxes

Experts say the number you see on your return may be different than what you're used to.

Posted: Apr. 14, 2019 4:34 PM
Updated: Apr. 15, 2019 10:34 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- April 15 is the last day to file for your tax returns or file for an extension with the IRS, and the number you see on your return may be different than what you're used to.

Tom Ames at Liberty Tax in Springfield says it seems everytime the IRS says they're making things easier it only ever complicates things and although you may be seeing a little less on your tax returns this season you should have nothing to worry about.

"Well there's been a lot of changes this year than probably the last 30 years. There was a significant change with everything from some business tax credits that were new, to the eliminating of exemptions and doubling the standard deduction. A whole lot of changes that affect a lot of people," said Ames. 

Ames says you can still itemize your state deductions, which he says has been a point of confusion for a lot of people.

He also says filing for an extension doesn't mean an extension on when you have to pay, it simply means you'll have longer to file your tax returns.

He says one of the biggest changes that affects Oregon is a state and local income tax limitation which is now capped at $10,000 and also the reason you may see less money back this year is because the IRS took less of your paycheck every month

"Every time the IRS says they're simplifying something I just snicker. They 'simplified' the 1040 and made it a seven page document from a one, which makes it even harder on people like us who have been doing this forever," said Ames.

He says the best advice he has for people when it comes to navigating these new tax protocol is getting some help.

The deadline to file for your taxes is Monday, April 15, at midnight.

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