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IRS Tax Tip 2020-122, September 21, 2020

The October 15 filing deadline for taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2019 tax return is quickly approaching. Taxpayers should remember they can file whenever they're ready and don't have to wait until Thursday, Oct 15.

These tools are available at IRS.gov to help people with their taxes:

  • IRS Free File and other electronic filing options. Taxpayers can file their tax return electronically for free through IRS Free File. Other electronic filing options include using a free tax return preparation site, commercial software or an authorized e-file provider.
  • Direct deposit for refunds. The fastest way for taxpayers to get their refund is to file electronically and use direct deposit. Refunds can be deposited in up to three accounts. Taxpayers can also use their refunds to purchase up to $5,000 in U.S. Series I Savings Bonds.
  • Online payment options. If an extension filer owes taxes, they should pay as much as possible by the Oct. 15 deadline to reduce interest and penalties. IRS Direct Pay allows individuals to securely pay from their checking or savings accounts. Visit IRS.gov for additional payment options.
  • Account information and tax records. Individual taxpayers can visit IRS.gov to manage their account. This includes viewing their balance and payment history, paying taxes and accessing tax records through Get Transcript.

These people may have more time to file their tax return:

  • Military members serving in a combat zone or a contingency operation in support of the Armed Forces generally get more time to file.
  • People who have a valid extension and are in – or affected by – a federally-declared disaster may be allowed more time to file.

Taxpayers should keep a copy of their tax return and all supporting documents for at least three years.

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