BOISE -- Monday, April 15 at Midnight is the 2013 tax deadline for individual filers. That means those who haven't filed their individual income tax returns need to take action.
Still haven't filed your 2012 taxes?
Stay calm, and don't panic. We've got you covered with step-by-step suggestions for how to handle your financial situation.
Do you have complicated taxes with multiple revenue sources? Are you itemizing your return? First, gather all your tax documents, including W2 forms, college loan documents, receipts, and other necessities. Here's a checklist. http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc303.html
Those who miss the April 15th tax deadline could face a financial penalty. That's why it's important to ask: 'How long is it going to take to get my taxes done?'
If you've got a single W2 and plan on claiming the standard deduction, you should consider doing your taxes online. Written tax forms postmarked by April 15, 2013 may also be an acceptable choice.
However, those with more complex tax returns may want to apply for an extension at this point. You can do so here.
You can always use free, standard tax forms to complete and file your taxes. Forms can be found at post offices, libraries, and at your local tax office.
Those who want to download and print the forms can find them here.
Here's a link to the IRS list of free tax software for individuals. Make sure you evaluate these tax services before choosing one. Many offer free federal returns, but require payment for state returns. The IRS does not guarantee these sites, so read the fine print.
Many tax preparation businesses will be open over the 4/13 - 4/14 weekend. They include Liberty Tax, H&R block, and other services in the Treasure Valley.
FREE TAX HELP
The state of Idaho maintains a list of free tax resources here.
You can also find out if you qualify for help at a tax office by contacting the Idaho Careline and dialing 2-1-1.
Last year, more than a thousand IRS certified tax experts volunteered their time to help low-to-moderate-income families in Idaho. Individuals must make less than $51,000 a year to qualify for the service.
There's also a free online option for filing federal and state tax returns. It's the My Free Taxes website at: http://myfreetaxes.com/BoiseCoalition. The online service is for taxpayers who make $57,000 or less per year.
You have until midnight to get your forms in the mail.
The Boise mail processing and distribution facility, located at 2201 S. Cole Rd., will collect tax returns until 8 p.m.
In addition, customers who print a mailing label before midnight, at any of the eight Self-Service Kiosks in the Boise area, will receive an April 15th postmark.
Here is a list of those of locations:
Boise Main Post Office
770 S. 13th St.
Boise Cole Village Station
3485 North Cole Rd.
Boise Five Mile Station
1350 S. Five Mile Rd.
Meridian Main Post Office
1200 N. Main St.
Nampa Main Post Office
123 11th Ave. S.
Emmett Main Post Office
521 E. Main St.
Caldwell Main Post Office
823 Arthur St.
Eagle Main Post Office
141 N. Palmetto Ave.