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What to Do After the Federal Tax-Filing Deadline

IRS Offers Tips on Filing After April 18, Checking Refund Status, and Changing Withholding

While tax day has come and gone for most people, some taxpayers may still be dealing with their federal taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers the following tips for handling some typical after-tax-day issues.

Filing After the April 18 Deadline
There is no penalty for filing a late return after the tax deadline if the taxpayer receives a refund. Instead, penalties and interest only accrue on unfiled returns if taxes were not paid by April 18, 2017. Anyone who did not file and owes tax should file a return as soon as possible, and pay as much as possible, to reduce penalties and interest.

Checking Refund Status
The IRS's online ""Where's My Refund? tool allows taxpayers to check the status of their federal tax refund within 24 hours of the IRS's receipt of the taxpayer's e-filed tax return or 4 weeks after the taxpayer mailed his or her paper return. To use the tool, taxpayers must enter the Social Security number shown on the return, their filing status (Single, Married Filing Jointly, etc.), and the exact whole dollar amount of their refund.

Changing Withholding
Events--like a change in marital status--during the year may change the exemptions, adjustments, deductions, or credits a taxpayer expects to claim on next year's return. Employees can use the IRS's online Withholding Calculator to figure and then adjust their withholding by filling out a new Form W-4 with their employer.

Note: Adjustments to state withholding forms may also be necessary. Check with your state's department of revenue for more information.


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