As Tuesday’s tax deadline approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers that IRS.gov is available for immediate tax help to avoid long hold times on the IRS help line.
As the tax deadline nears and the demand for IRS tax help by phone is higher, the IRS encourages taxpayers to make IRS.gov their first stop when questions arise, as the website offers answers to many of the most common questions, like "Where’s My Refund?", how to make tax payments and how to get forms and instructions. Other self-service tools provide users with around the clock help.
Last year, taxpayers submitted more than 5 million tax returns on the filing deadline day. The IRS also expects more than 14 million requests for an additional six months to file their tax return – with many of those coming in the final days and hours before the midnight Tuesday deadline.
The IRS reminds taxpayers anyone can receive a six-month extension to file their tax return by using Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Even with an extension, taxpayers should remember that the extension does not affect any tax they owe. Tax payments are due on or before the April 17 tax deadline.