If you requested a tax extension for a longer period on your 2022 tax return, the deadline is fast approaching.
“The best thing you can do to meet the extension deadline is to get organized,” said certified financial planner Chris Cybulski of Chisholm Trail Financial Group in Austin, Texas. “Highlighters, sticky labels and manila folders are your friends.”
“There is nothing worse than having an incomplete mess that only takes a few days to file,” he added.
According to financial experts, here are three things you should know if you haven’t filed your 2022 taxes yet.
According to Kassi Fetters, CFP and owner of Artica Financial Services in Anchorage, Alaska, if you miss the deadline you could face two IRS penalties.
The Penalty for failure to file is 5% of unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month until filing, capped at 25%, she said. In comparison, this Non-payment fee is 0.5% per month or part of a month. Both include interest.
2. You may be eligible for a free IRS file
About 70% of taxpayers are eligible IRS Free File, but only 2% used it during the 2022 filing season, according to the Advocate for national taxpayers.
You may be eligible with an adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less in 2022 – but Free File is only available until October 16 at 12pm ET the IRS.
“It’s a good option for those who have simple tax returns, don’t need ongoing tax planning advice and could benefit financially from the free service,” CFP Judy Brown of SC&H Group in the Washington and Baltimore area previously told CNBC. She is also a qualified auditor.
There are now limited opportunities to score a 2022 tax deduction before filing, said Houston-based CFP Scott Bishop, managing director of Presidio Wealth Partners. He is also a certified public accountant.
However, self-employed, contract or gig economy workers can still contribute to a Simplified Employee Pension Account (SEP), an individual retirement account, he said. “This could help your retirement savings and give you a nice deduction.”
You cannot set up a SEP IRA until after your company’s income tax filing deadline, including extensions the IRS.
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