Local expert shares last minute tax filing tips

The owner of Liberty Tax in Springfield said his biggest tip for someone who hasn't filed yet and who owes money is to file an extension.

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 8:28 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2018 10:13 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- If you haven't done it yet, you have one more day to get your taxes in. The deadline is Tuesday, (April 17th).

KEZI spoke with a local tax expert to get some tips for last minute filers.

The owner of Liberty Tax in Springfield, Tom Ames, said his biggest tip for someone who hasn't filed yet and who owes money is to file an extension.

You'd use form 4868. He said it's important to file that document, because there are bigger penalties for filing your taxes late, as opposed to paying late.

He said an extension only gives you more time to file your taxes, but you still have to pay on time.

He said it's also important to file your taxes under the right status. A lot of people don't know what head of household means and whether they qualify for it.

"Several other mistakes we see are people that get federal pensions...maybe miss that deduction or subtraction. We see frequently that people that have education credits, whether it's the student or the parent, they leave a lot of money on the table for those because they don't know some of the tricks of the trade," said Ames. 


That's where he said professional help comes in. He said it's not too late; you can call and make an appointment at Liberty Tax or just drop-in on Tuesday.

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