Don’t forget (as if you could) that your federal income taxes are due on April 15 in 2013. For the past two years, taxes were actually due on April 16th, thanks to weekends and a holiday last year in Washington D.C. No such reprieve this year, Monday April 15 is the income tax deadline for 2012 taxes being filed in 2013. If you don’t file your taxes on time, there can be some pretty stiff penalties and interest. Don’t forget, you can get an automatic six month extension to file your taxes by submitting a Form 4868 to the IRS by April 15th instead of your actual 1040 tax forms. You still have to pay your best estimate and you’ll be on the hook for any taxes due that you miss, but it is still better than not filing. If you don’t pay your taxes, they can always come after your wages and hold any future refunds.
For small business owners and the self-employed, it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of the bigger income tax deadline, but the first estimated quarterly tax payment for 2013 is also due to the IRS on April 15th. The next estimated quarterly tax payment for 2013 will be due in July.
Remember, you’ll get your refund faster if you supply a routing number and account number for the IRS to use to directly deposit your funds into your bank account.
Also, many states with income taxes have the same April 15th deadline at the IRS does for your federal income taxes, so be sure to get those submitted on time as well.
Good luck to everyone wrapping up their taxes, and may the deductions be ever in your favor.