Watch out for tax scams ahead of April deadline

Tax Day 2018 is NOT April 15? So what’s going

Tax Day 2018 is NOT April 15? So what’s going

The Arizona Department of Revenue is reminding the public that the deadline for taxpayers to file taxes is Tuesday.

Believe it or not, the process of filing an extension on your taxes is probably a lot more painless than you think.

Free File Alliance is a nonprofit coalition that provides free electronic tax services for people with an adjusted gross income of $66,000 or less, between the ages of 17-50, active duty military, or qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. They say they will not initially contact you through email, text, social media or the phone.

"As long as you pay 100% of your 2016 tax liability - 110% for higher income taxpayers - you will not owe a penalty on your 2017 return", Jaeger said. Here's why. April 15th is Sunday and even the IRS isn't bold enough to mess with God on that day.

There are some who, even with the extra days, aren't going to be able to pull everything together to file on time.

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So normally, the deadline would be April the 16th. The IRS understands, kind of.

But if you file your tax return and pay your penalty late, the fee is only half a percent each month, per Liberty Tax in West Springfield. For more information, visit http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers.

That doesn't mean you can put it off for months. It only gives you more time to file your return.

One scam is a robotic voice that uses incorrect English, which calls threatening consumers, telling them that they have a debt with the IRS and will be taken under custody by local authorities.

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