Many taxpayers who owe taxes believe tax extensions protect them, but they are only partially right. Do you know the rules and deadlines for filing corporate and personal tax extensions? For companies it is March 15 and for personal tax returns it is April 15.
Here’s the ugly truth about tax extensions, but first if you need to file one, do it before midnight on the deadline by using Form 7004 for a company that you can get here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f7004.pdf or Form 4868 for personal extensions that you can get here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf
Penalty for not filing tax returns on time
The IRS is much worse than any credit card company, charging a 5% PER MONTH penalty up to 25% of what you owe for late filing that compounds DAILY. That’s a whopping 60% per year, even if you did file an extension!
Interest charges for late filing of tax returns
As of midnight on tax deadline day, the interest on any taxes you owe, but do not pay, with your return accrues at the rate of 3% PER MONTH up to 25% of what you owe for late filing that compounds DAILY. That’s a whopping 36% per year!
The total? A unbearable 8% per month (96% per year) compounding daily. Another “Pay For Life” program.
If you can’t pay what you owe, ask for a payment plan by filing Form 9465 Installment Agreement Request that you can get here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f9465.pdf
Note: the caution on the form that states: Do not file this form if you are currently making payments on an installment agreement or can pay your balance due in full within 120 days. Instead, call 1-800-829-1040. And yes, unfortunately, interest and penalties continue until it is paid in full.
The remedy is paying quarterly estimated tax payments if you owe taxes each year. At least what you pay in these payments cannot accrue penalties and interest.
The best money management remedy would be to join the grass roots movement to get Congress to get the FairTax Act passed. To find out more about what you can do to get involved and make that happen, visit www.fairtax.org today.
If you are in debt, claim your free copy of the Debt Reduction Solutions Guide here: http://www.thedebtreductionsolution.com/
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Sandra Simmons, President of Money Management Solutions (www.moneymgmtsolutions.com) specializes in helping business owners and individuals manage their money and do tax planning to achieve their financial goals.