Tax filing deadline quickly approaching

Posted at 8:45 AM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-10 10:45:14-04

HELENA – If you haven’t already filed your taxes, the deadline is one week away.

The tax filing deadline ends April 17. Tax experts say if you don’t think you can make the deadline, you should file for a six-month extension that gives you until Oct. 15 to file. However, an extension to file is not an extension to pay if you owe money.

Mari Williams of Accounting and Tax Specialist in Helena has been a tax preparer for 39 years, and knows how confusing filing taxes can be for people.

“Work out a payment arrangement with the IRS, or whatever state that you owe money to, extensions are just an extension, a time to file, not time to pay, that is a huge misunderstanding,” said Williams.

TurboTax and H & R Block are two of the most well-known tax filing services.

Remember to bring the following to a tax preparer:

  • Identification
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of expenses
  • Proof of disaster theft and other unexpected losses
  • Receipts of charitable donations
  • Payment method
  • Proof of health insurance