Here are some tips for last minute tax filers:

  • E-file if you can.

  • If you mail in a paper return, take it to the post office (verify the last collection hours to ensure you get your return in the mail on time); do not leave it in your mailbox. To get the April 15 postmark, the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday.

  • Double check your math.

  • Be sure to enter Social Security numbers and names for all individuals on your tax return exactly as they appear on their Social Security cards.

  • Make sure to enter bank routing and account numbers correctly for direct deposit of your refund.

  • Remember to sign the return. E-filers will sign the return electronically using a Personal Identification Number.

  • Keep all tax documents in a safe and secure spot where they are out of sight

  • Use only a licensed preparer and request their PTIN to verify them

    Sources: IRS, TurboTax, California Tax Education Council and TrustedID



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