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Filing deadline approaches

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After a systems update, the IRS now says they can process everyone's tax returns. The agency had to do the update to keep up with new tax laws. Most people affected by this are those claiming residential energy credits on Form 5695 and various business tax credits.

The deadline to file your taxes is April 15th. IRS Spokesman Dan Boone says the one of the worst things you can do is ignore the deadline and not file at all. If you do wait until the last minute, you can file for an extension, but you still have to file the extension form by April 15th and pay any taxes that you may owe by then too.

"It's best to either file your return or extension by April 15th and pay what you can with that extension to the IRS," said Boone. "The IRS will obviously bill you for the rest of it, and at that point you can set up a payment agreement if you still can't pay the full amount."

If you have tax questions, Boone advises people to go to their local IRS office, give them a call, or visit the IRS website.

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