Here are a few things you need to know:
2021 IRS tax deadlines:
January 15 Final estimated tax payment due for 2020
15 IRS Free File service opens
19 IRS Free File for military families opens
February 12 IRS begins to process 2020 tax returns
April 15 Deadline to file your 2020 taxes
15 First estimated tax payment due for 2021
June 15 Second estimated tax payment due for 2021
September 15 Third estimated tax payment due for 2021
October 15 IRS deadline for extended 2020 tax returns
You may be able to get your taxes prepared for free AND from a reputable source.
There’s help if you’re a senior or have a low to moderate income.
There you can learn
- If you qualify for the program
- What to do bring to the meeting
- Locations near you
You don’t have to be afraid to use these services. The tax preparers at these programs are certified volunteers who work under a qualified supervisor. The location near me is at the local community college and is supervised by a CPA and Chair of the Accounting Department.
Each location will have different hours, so check before you make the trip. Some will take appointments and some are walk-in only.
If you qualify, you may save yourself a few hundred dollars. You’ll get the work done at no cost to yourself and a trained preparer can catch details that might net you a bigger return.