IRS Free File available for last-minute filers
The tax deadline is fast approaching and even though the April 17 deadline offers a couple of extra days this year, the IRS wants to remind taxpayers who haven’t filed yet that IRS Free File is still available.
“For taxpayers who find doing their tax returns too taxing, the IRS Free File program provides free software to prepare and e-file your taxes at no cost,” said IRS spokesman David Tucker II. “It’s easy to get started at www.IRS.gov/freefile” www.IRS.gov/freefile and get those last minute tax returns filed for free.”
Here are four tips about IRS Free File.
Free File Does the Hard Work for You: Free File is a partnership between the IRS and leading tax software providers who make their brand-name products available for free. You don’t need to be a tax expert; the software will help find tax breaks for you, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. The software asks the questions; you supply the answers. It will find the right tax forms and do the math.
Access to Free File products: You must access the Free File products through www.irs.gov to avoid any charges for preparing or e-filing your federal tax return. Once you choose a Free File software product, you’ll be directed away from the IRS website to the partner’s site to prepare, print and e-file your federal return – all for free.
Free options for all: There is a free option for everyone. People who make $57,000 or less, which includes most Americans, can use the Free File software. People who make more can use Free File Fillable Forms, an electronic version of IRS paper forms.
Free Extensions: Taxpayers who can’t make the April 17 deadline can request an extension. Making the request is easy and free through IRS Free File. Just look for “free extensions” in the company offers. Remember, this is an extension of time to file your return, not to pay. If you think you owe, make a payment with your extension request.
Get all the information you need about IRS Free File at www.IRS.gov/freefile.
House passes bill to simplify disclosure of juvenile delinquent information
The Alaska House, on Friday, passed a bill by Juneau Representative Cathy Muñoz to simplify and streamline the current law on public disclosure of information relating to juvenile delinquents and make it easier for the state to release appropriate details of a minor’s case to the public.
“State officials say the current statute is cumbersome and difficult to implement,” Muñoz, R-Juneau, said. “House Bill 343 establishes straightforward criteria for the release of juvenile information in cases of serious crimes – when the minor has been adjudicated a delinquent.”
HB 343 will allow those with a legitimate interest – such as former clients who once were children in state custody, their parents, or guardians – to have access to old records from the Division of Juvenile Justice to help them apply for jobs, obtain student loans, or get health care.
Muñoz introduced the measure at the request of the Division and the Office of Children’s Services. Both agencies support the legislation approved by the House.
HB 343 also is designed to improve the sharing of information between the Division and OCS to help the two agencies better protect, rehabilitate, and provide necessary services to children.
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