Tips for meeting Monday's midnight tax deadline

Posted at: 04/15/2013 8:17 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Tax Day is here – and anyone who made more than $3,800 last year needs to file.

A few tips to keep in mind:

-Central New Mexico Community College and United Way of Central Mexico are offering free tax preparation for anyone who made less than $51,000 last year at several locations today. They’ll be at CNM’s main campus from 9 a.m. to midnight, Montoya from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; South Valley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Westside from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Office from 8 to 4 p.m. People will need a photo ID, last year’s tax return, W-2 and any 1099’s or 1098’s.

-If you can’t complete your taxes on time, you can ask for an extension. Visit IRS.gov and fill out a form 4868 for an extension to October 15. Though it will extend the time to file, it doesn’t extend the time to pay, so you may need to pay interest.

-Many online programs offer free federal filings, but charge for the state filing. TurboTax and HR Block will both run in the thirty-dollar range for each state you need to file in. You do need to file separately for each state you lived in in 2012.

-Taxes must be filed by midnight.