DEADLINE TO FILE TAXES APPROACHING FOR EXTENSION FILERS

October 15 is fast approaching and is a key deadline for millions of individual taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2009 tax returns.

“The IRS expects to receive as many as 10 million tax returns nationwide from taxpayers including 292,000 from New Jersey filers who used Form 4868 to request a six-month extension to file their returns,” said Gregg Semanick, IRS New Jersey Spokesperson.  “Some taxpayers can wait until after October 15 to file, including those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat zone localities and people affected by recent natural disasters.”

The IRS encourages taxpayers to e-file. E-file with direct deposit results in a faster refund than by using a paper return. Electronic returns also have fewer errors than paper returns. October 15 is the last day to take advantage of e-file and the Free File program.  In New Jersey through September, over 2.8 million filers took advantage of the benefits of electronic filing in submitting their 2009 tax returns during 2010.

Free File is a fast, easy and free way to prepare and e-file federal taxes online. The Free File program provides free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing for eligible taxpayers only through the IRS.gov web site at www.irs.gov.  The Free File program is available to filers with an adjusted gross income of $57,000 or less in 2009.  Filers that do not qualify for Free File can also access the e-file program through the IRS.gov website.

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