Time Running Out for Filing Taxes

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Knoxville (WVLT) - You can almost hear the ticking of the clock. That's right, tax day is almost here.

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17th. WVLT's Kiley Yarbrough explains what you need to do to make sure your 2006 tax return is filed in time.

The IRS estimates more than 20 percent of taxpayers file their return during the final two weeks of the tax season. Now with just 4 days left until the midnight deadline on Tuesday, many of you are looking for some last minute help.

Chances are, if you have not filed your 2006 tax return yet, you will be doing it without the help of a professional.

"Their advice at this late date might be to file an extension just because they are under the gun and trying to finish up," says Cindy West from the IRS.

Experts say to do the job right on your own, make sure you have all of your paperwork together including receipts, 1099's and W-2's. Once you have everything in hand, then tackle your tax form.

The most common way, online. In fact, the IRS hopes 80 million people will file online.

"For the most part for simple returns, wage owners, itemized deductions small business, filing electronically is the way to go," says West.

If you are worried you still do not have enough time, there are options.

"Even if you can't pay you need to file your tax return or at least file an extension by Tuesday midnight in order to be in compliance," West says.

IRS workers remind you, it is an extension in time to file, not to pay, so you still need to make payment arrangements now.

"That might be an installment agreement, it might be paying by credit card, it might just be getting an extension in with some form of payment sending the rest of it later," West explains.

And if you do not follow through with that extension by the deadline, there are stiff penalties, up to 25%. So your best bet is to buckle down this weekend and get it done.

"It is going to be raining, you don't have anything else to do," West says.

To file an extension, you will need form 4868. You can pick this up at most post offices or you can download the form by following the link below.

Free help is still available through Tuesday at volunteer income tax sites. Those locations are listed below or you can call 1-800-829-1040.

Site Program Phone Hours
Alianza Del Pueblo

3526 Martin Mill Pike

Knoxville, TN
VITA   Sat. 10am-2pm

Tues 10am- 4pm

English, Spanish
Farragut Public Library

Farragut, TN

AARP Tax-Aide 865-523-9131 Monday
By Appointment Only
Farragut Town Hall

11408 Municipal Cntr.
VITA   Tuesday 4pm-8pm
Goodwill Industries of Knoxville

5508 Kingston Pike
VITA   Sat 10am-4pm

Tues 10am-7pm
LT Ross Building

2247 Western Ave.

Knoxville, TN
VITA   Tuesday 10am-2pm
Literacy Imperative

201 Harriet Tubman St.

Knoxville, TN
VITA 865-673-8988 By Appointment Only
South Knoxville Branch Library

4500 Chapman Highway

Knoxville, TN
AARP Tax-Aide 865-523-9131 Tuesday

By Appointment Only
UT College of Law

1505 W Cumberland Ave

Room 157/158

Knoxville, TN
VITA   Monday 4pm-7pm
Lake City Public Library

226 N Main Street

Lake City, TN
VITA   Sat 1pm-5pm

Mon 10am-5pm

Tues 10am-5pm
Oak Ridge VITA

105 Broadway Ave.

Oak Ridge, TN
VITA   Sat 10am-12:30pm

Mon 3pm-8pm

Tues 3pm-8pm
Local Coordinator

3264 Blue Springs Rd

Strawberry Plains, TN
VITA 865-933-1614 Mon 7pm-10pm

Tues 7pm-10pm

By Appointment Only
Roane Co. United Way

2735 Roane State Hwy

Harriman, TN
VITA   Tues 2pm-5:30pm

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