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Montanans have options for last-minute tax filing

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The IRS reports that roughly 153 million individual income tax returns are expected to be filed in 2017 and with the April 18 deadline approaching quickly, experts are giving tips on what last-minute filers can do to deal with the tax man.

The last day to file 2016 federal tax forms without requesting an extension is Tuesday, April 18 and for the procrastinators in the bunch, there are a few post offices and H&R Block offices across Montana that are staying open late.

“You will have until midnight to drop-off tax returns at the Billings, Helena, Missoula and at the Great Falls processing and distribution facility," United States Post Service Spokesman Pete Nowacki said. "Those places will actually make a collection at the blue collection boxes at midnight in order to take care of those last-minute folks.”

The USPS offers up some Tax Day mailing tips. One is to apply proper postage and stamps. With extra forms and papers, it is always important to weigh or play it safe with an extra stamp. The USPS also is encouraging filers to check what time the mail goes out if you miss the deadline you may have to file an extension.

"You can file a 4868, which is an automatic extension of time to file your tax return. It’s not an extension of time to pay your taxes, so if you owe taxes you should send a payment in with your extension to file." Russell Center H&R Block Manager Ron Jarosch said.

If you are feeling the pressure, be sure to take your time or ask for help. Jarosch says he has seen major errors with filers trying to do their tax returns on their own.

"You do not want to rush it. You are more apt to make a mistake, so an extension might be a better thing to do. If you are feeling rushed, you may want a professional to do your return," Jarosch said. 

The Grant Creek Town Center H&R Block office in Missoula will be open until 11:30 p.m. Tuesday while the main Missoula Post Office on West Kent Street will be open until midnight.

Taxpayers who need filing assistance can also call the Montana Department of Revenue at (866) 859-2254, or can email their questions. Call center staff are available on April 18 until 8 p.m.

Taxpayers can file electronically using the department’s TransAction Portal. Click here for more information on electronic filing options. Taxpayers have until midnight on April 18 to file electronically and meet the filing deadline.

Paper returns need to be postmarked by April 18 or hand-delivered to the Montana Department of Revenue’s Helena office in the Mitchell Building, 125 N. Roberts, by 5 p.m. Taxpayers can also pay their taxes electronically through TAP.

In addition to contacting the department’s call center, taxpayers can receive assistance by visiting the Mitchell Building in Helena, 125 North Roberts, until 4 p.m.

Click here to check the status of your refund. State officials note that refunds are taking additional time this year due to extra security and review procedures following an increase in fraudulent tax return filings. 

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