May 24, 2020

Taxpayers have until April 17 to file

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding Maine residents that they have until midnight Tuesday, April 17, to file their tax returns. Maine tax returns can be filed at the same time.

The later filing date was the result of the traditional filing day, April 15, falling on a Sunday, and Monday being a holiday.

The toll-free IRS Taxpayer Assistance Line will be in service on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The IRS says that if the instructions on the tax form have not answered taxpayer questions, assistance can be obtained by calling 1-800-424-1040.

As the deadline approaches, the IRS expects about 6 million taxpayers to file for an extension.

To receive an extension of the filing date, taxpayers must file Form 4868, “Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.” Form 4868 must be mailed by April 17 and the expected amount of tax due must be forwarded with the form. This gives taxpayers an extra four months, or until Aug. 15, 1990, to file the return. The extension is automatic, and taxpayers don’t have to give a reason for asking for the extension.

The IRS cautions, however, that an extension of the time to file is not an extension of the time to pay the tax due.

If the amount forwarded with Form 4868 is not enough to cover the tax bill, taxpayers will be charged interest on the overdue amount and may be charged penalties for failing to pay tax and failing to file a timely tax return.

According to the IRS, returns from Maine are pouring into the service center in Andover, Mass., at a faster pace than last year. The IRS received more than 354,000 Maine returns by April 8, up 10 percent from the 321,000 filed by the same time last year.

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