The following article was published by the IRS.
Check Eligibility for Overlooked Tax Benefits
The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 15 to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically.
More than a quarter of the nearly 13 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. Although Oct. 15 is the last day for most people, some still have more time, including members of the military and others serving in Afghanistan or other combat zone localities who typically have until at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due.
“If you still need to file, don’t forget that you can still e-file through October 15,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Even if you’re filing in the final days, e-file remains easy, safe, and the most accurate way to file your taxes.”
Check Out Tax Benefits
Before filing, the IRS encourages taxpayers to take a moment to see if they qualify for these and other often-overlooked credits and deductions:
- Benefits for low-and moderate-income workers and families, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit. The special EITC Assistant can help taxpayers see if they’re eligible.
- Savers credit, claimed on Form 8880, for low-and moderate-income workers who contributed to a retirement plan, such as an IRA or 401(k).
- American Opportunity Tax Credit, claimed on Form 8863, and other education tax benefits for parents and college students.
- Same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, are now treated as married, regardless of where they live. This means that they generally must file their returns using either the married filing jointly or married filing separately filing status. Further details are on IRS.gov.
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