Tax Filing Deadline

The filing deadline – April 17, 2018

By mwcpa
In January 13, 2017
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Tax Filing Deadline

The filing deadline to submit 2016 tax returns is Tuesday, April 18, 2017, rather than the traditional tax filing deadline of April 15th. In 2017, April 15 falls on a Saturday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday — April 17. However, Emancipation Day — a legal holiday in the District of Columbia — will be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation.

Although the IRS begins accepting returns on Jan. 23, many tax software companies will begin accepting tax returns earlier in January and submitting them to the IRS when processing systems open.

Choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and receive a refund. The IRS anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days.

Don’t procrastinate! File your taxes today.



Tax Filing Deadline


Reasons for putting off doing your taxes:

  1. Being Cautious – Feeling safer by doing nothing – putting off tasks to avoid mistakes
  2. Being Uninformed – Putting off a task you unsure how to do
  3. Being a Perfectionist – Putting task off until it is done well enough
  4. Begin Last Minute – Procrastinating because you work better under pressure

All of these reasons can end up causing you tax anxiety.


Ways to calm your tax anxiety:

Get organized a little at a time. Record all your tax deductible expenses throughout the year. Seeing your organization grow will help you feel more confident that you can succeed.

Don’t put it off. Any stress you have now about your taxes will only expand as filing time gets closer.

Mistakes are fixable. If you file and then discover something you missed, all is not lost. You can file an amended return, letting the IRS know you found a mistake, and paying any extra taxes you owe.

Money paid to a tax pro is less expensive than time being sick when trying to make the tax filing deadline. Many people have found that tax software takes a lot of their worry away. But if the anxiety of tax time makes you worry yourself sick. There are thousands of kind and competent tax professionals out there whose life work it is to help you. Find someone certified, who you are comfortable working with. A good tax CPA will be gracious enough to sift through your shoe boxes of receipts, and can guide you through the IRS maze of regulations unharmed.

Extreme stress over your taxes may not manifest itself right away. The result of unrelieved anxiety can impact your health later on. Hiring a pro removes the worry about doing your taxes correctly, and if the commercial ads are right, it might even bring you a bigger refund than you could find on your own.

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