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Tax Tips #2 (VIDEO)

The April 18 deadline for taxes is fast approaching. You can file online free through IRS.gov. Just choose a Free File company and then click on their link to prepare and e-file the return.

The tax software helps eligible taxpayers find tax breaks. This could include tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. The software also selects the appropriate tax forms and does the calculations automatically.

Taxpayers with income of $64,000 or less can use software. Taxpayers who earned more can use software to create Free File Fillable Forms. This option allows taxpayers to complete IRS forms electronically.

Lastly, if necessary use Free File to request a six-month extension, but an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay. If taxpayers owe federal taxes, they should estimate the amount they owe and pay with the extension request. This helps avoid penalties and interest.